Yorkshire coach Gillespie rues a missed opportunity

Yorkshire head coach Jason Gillespie.
Yorkshire head coach Jason Gillespie.
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YORKSHIRE coach Jason Gillespie felt Saturday’s 22-run T20 Blast defeat at Nottinghamshire Outlaws was a possible victory “which got away”.

In a low-scoring contest the Outlaws could only post 143 for nine, after electing to bat first, with captain James Taylor scoring an unbeaten 52, making his runs from 38 balls, with five fours and a six. Ryan Sidebottom returned figures of three for 24 for the visitors.

Yorkshire could only muster 121 for nine in reply, with Luke Fletcher taking three for 21.

Gillespie didn’t mince his words after the match, calling on his troops to learn from their mistakes. He said: “This was one which got away. We performed really well in the field and bowled extremely tidily but our batters have held their hands up.”

“We never got going and were not positive enough with the bat. We lost our way in the middle overs and we must learn from our mistakes.”

The Vikings lost their way once pace had been taken off the ball during their pursuit of 144. Despite losing Aaron Finch and Andrew Gale during the powerplay overs they were still in control until Steven Mullaney and Samit Patel entered the attack.

Mullaney did not pick up a wicket but only conceded 17 runs in his four overs, as well as executing a fine turn and throw to run out Adam Lyth off his bowling.

Patel, who ended with two for 19, induced Jonny Bairstow into a rush of blood, which saw him held by Alex Hales at long on and then removed Alex Lees for a run-a-ball 37.

Tim Bresnan and Adil Rashid added 43 in five overs to reignite hopes of a Yorkshire triumph but the rate was always climbing.

The 19th over effectively settled the contest, with Harry Gurney having both Bresnan and Rich Pyrah taken at deep midwicket by James Franklin in the space of only three deliveries.

Two Fletcher yorkers accounted for both Rashid and Oliver Robinson, to complete the victory.

Earlier, Ryan Sidebottom struck in the first over of the match, removing Phil Jaques for a duck. The Australian had tried to open the face but only succeeding in guiding the ball into the hands of wicketkeeper Bairstow. Hales hit Bresnan for a huge six but then drilled the next delivery firmly back into the hands of the bowler.

Riki Wessels then hoisted Pyrah to extra cover, all inside the first 4.2 overs. Notts looked to be getting back on course but Patel was then bowled by a top-spinner from Rafiq. Franklin made a fine impression as he bludgeoned 27 from 23 deliveries. He helped add 48 in six overs with his skipper but then holed out off Bresnan.

Sidebottom and the youngster Robinson both were then rewarded with crucial wickets, all thanks to catches in the deep.

Sidebottom removed Chris Read cheaply and responded to being hit for six by Ajmal Shahzad by dismissing him next ball.

Robinson removed Mullaney and Fletcher but then saw Taylor hit him down the ground to reach his 50 from the final ball of the innings.

Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire Outlaws 143-9 (20 overs) beat Yorkshire Vikings 121-9 (20 overs) by 22 runs.

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