Roses rivals Yorkshire and Lancashire were involved in a thrilling tie in their FLt20 match at Headingley.

On a warm summers day, Yorkshire batting first made 152-6.

They got off to a brilliant start thanks to skipper Andrew Gale and opening partner Phil Jaques. Gale scored a swift 18 off 16 deliveries - including two fours and one six.

Dan Hodgson then joined Jaques at the crease and made an interesting 13 off 11 deliveries, including numerous reverse sweeps and one six.

Recent England squad member Gary Ballance was due to come in at four but the Yorkshire camp decided to send in-form batsman Adil Rashid out to the middle with Jaques.

Rashid made a decent 16 off 14, including one dazzling lofted extra-cover drive which went for four.

With Jaques still going strong, Ballance was sent out. He smashed one sweep six but he tried to repeat this shot and he picked out Karl Brown on the boundary.

Liam Plunkett, in fine form with the bat recently, then went out to face the Lancashire attack. He scored a quick-fire 12 off eight deliveries, including one four and one six which was touched over the boundary by Steven Croft.

Richard Pyrah then joined Jaques and he made sure he gave most of the strike to Jaques. He then got ran out on the second last ball of the innings so wicket-keeper Andrew Hodd went out to face the final delivery.

Hodd edged the final ball of the innings for four to give Yorkshire a respectable 152.

Ryan Sidebottom gave Yorkshire a brilliant start with just two runs coming from the first over.

Jack Brooks also started well with his first over going for just five. Lancashire got going in Brooks' second over with him being hit for 24 runs.

Thomas Smith scored a dazzling 35 off 20, including six fours and one six. Lancashire then lost a few cheap wickets and Yorkshire were back in with a shout.

Gareth Cross made a heroic 42 off just 28 to help Lancashire get close to the required target.

Richard Pyrah had previously bowled an excellent spell of 3-15 off his four overs and Plunkett bowled exceptionally well in his three overs picking up figures of 2-21.

It came to the last over and Lancashire needed 10 to win. It started with a single and then there was an edged four by Cross.

The next two deliveries showed why Sidebottom was once an international t20 bowler. They were two wonderfully executed yorkers with the second one going for one bye, with Kabir Ali darting down to the strikers end.

With four needed to win off two, Sidebottom once again showed his class with just a single coming from it.

The final ball came and Lancashire needed three to win with Gareth Cross on strike. He struck it out towards the boundary but excellent fielding in the deep meant that Lancashire were only going to get two runs and a tie was the final result.

The result gives Yorkshire a first point in t20 this year whilst Lancashire are now on three. With Yorkshire missing their three England internationals - Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Tim Bresnan - they look likely to miss out on the semi-finals.

 

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