YORKSHIRE V SURREY - Royal London One-Day Cup
Semi-Final - 28 August 2016
Surrey 255-7 (50 Overs). Yorkshire 236
(48.5 Overs). Surrey won by 19 runs.
Three wickets in nine balls at a cost of two runs
for Stuart Meaker tore the heart out of Yorkshire's batting at
Headingley and sent Surrey through to the final of the Royal London
One-Day Cup at Lord's on September 17.
A century for man-of-the-match Steven Davies and
90 from Ben Foakes left Yorkshire Vikings chasing a 256 target and
although they recovered well after Meaker's dramatic intervention,
thanks to a brave 68 from Tim Bresnan, the task was just beyond them
and they were bowled out for 236 to lose by 19 runs with seven balls
Surrey now have the chance to avenge last season's
Final defeat by Gloucestershire but for Yorkshire it was the second
consecutive year that they have stumbled at the last-four stage.
It also continued a depressing run of semi-final
reverses in List A cricket for Yorkshire who have now lost 17 times
out of 20 on such occasions since 1979.
Yorkshire lost Adam Lyth to Jade Dernbach in their
third over and after skipper, Alex Lees, had played some solid
strokes in reaching 26 he was bowled driving at his opposite number,
At 74 for two in 19 overs, however, Yorkshire were
still handily placed until Meaker, bowling from the football end,
began his lethal burst. Jonny Bairstow, released by England for the
match, drove gently to Dominic Sibley at mid-wicket; Gary Ballance
was caught behind trying to flick over the top of the slips and Jack
Leaning dragged into his leg-stump.
The slide to 81 for five was halted by Bresnan and
20-year-old all-rounder, Matthew Waite, who enjoyed a fine match in
which he earlier captured three wickets and then scored 38 in an
enterprising stand of 80 in 16 overs with his senior partner.
Waite survived a confident appeal for a catch off
Batty's bowling but in the next over from Sam Curran he drove into
Batty's hands at mid-on. Bresnan and Will Rhodes kept the hopes of
the 4,836 crowd alive with a busy stand of 46 which ended at 207 in
the 45th over when Rhodes played to backward point and set off for a
single but was beaten by Tom Curran's direct hit on the stumps at
the bowler's end.
Bresnan and Azeem Rafiq continued to battle hard
but when Tom Curran sent back both Rafiq and Steven Patterson in the
48th over to make it 236 for nine the task was just beyond Yorkshire
and the match ended when Bresnan drove Dernbach to Sibley at
long-off, his 68 coming off 82 balls with two fours and a six.
Put in to bat, Surrey found themselves on eight
for two by the third over, with Kumar Sangakkara one of the wickets
to fall, but the early setbacks did not unsettle Davies whose 104
followed consecutive Championship scores of 117, 52 and 56 against
Yorkshire this season.
Jack Brooks, in his first List A match of the
summer, struck in the day's second over as Dibley shaped to play to
leg but missed and was lbw. Sangakkara was quick of the mark,
cutting Bresnan for four, but in the same over the Sri Lankan drove
loosely to Rafiq in the covers.
Davies, however, made smooth progress with some
splendidly timed shots through the covers, taking boundaries off
consecutive balls from Brooks, and he hit 34 of the first 48 runs
But at 61 for two in 14 overs, Waite joined the
attack and his first delivery was flicked casually to long leg by
Burns for Patterson to hold a good catch dropping to his knees.
It should have been an even more memorable over
for Waite but three balls later Davies, on 43, drove back past the
bowler's hands and the chance went begging.
Had Davies gone then, Surrey would have been in
big trouble but they were rescued by Davies' and Foakes' partnership
of 130, the visitors' highest for the fourth wicket in List A
cricket against Yorkshire and beating the 110 by Monte Lynch and
Andy Needham at Bradford in 1985.
Davies, having reached his half-century from 57
deliveries, continued to time the ball to perfection, hooking
Bresnan for four and on-driving Rafiq for six while Foakes moved
smartly to his own 50 from 51 balls, the stand entering three
figures in 21 overs.
A single to Davies off Patterson took him to his
century off 112 balls with ten fours and a six, but four runs later
he hit a low full toss from Waite straight to Rhodes on the
Surrey were 191 for four in the 39th over and they
lost much of their momentum in the last dozen overs or so, Sam
Curran going for 16 when he was bowled by Waite in a futile and
ungainly attempt to scoop the ball round the corner.
Waite's figures of three for 48 were Yorkshire's
best of the day and at the end of his stint he received warm and
prolonged applause from the appreciative crowd.
Foakes struck Bresnan high over long on for six
but was denied a century when a ramp shot went wrong and he was
caught by Brooks for 90 from 100 balls with seven fours to go
alongside his big hit.
Surrey debutant, Ollie Pope, was run out for 20
off the last ball of an innings which never quite blossomed as much
as it might of done, although it may never have bloomed at all but
for Davies and Foakes.
Yorkshire's Alex Lees said: "I think we are all
gutted to lose because we have played some great white ball cricket
this season but when it has mattered in two semi-finals over the
past week we have not been good enough. I thought it was a reachable target and we needed
some contributions from the top five and this didn't happen but all
credit to the Surrey bowlers who kept going."
Lees praised Bresnan and said: "He has won three
or four games single-handed for us and has been exceptional both
with the bat and ball. His big contribution almost got us there.
When we look back it will have been a positive season but you still
don't want to lose two semi-finals."
Gareth Batty said: "At the half-way stage I
thought we may be a bit light and would have like 270 or so but we
still did well to get the runs on the board. It was tough knowing
how to use our overs when we bowled but we got a bit lucky and they
didn't get away from us too much. I thought the partnership between Davies and
Foakes was a real game changer on a good old fashioned pitch."
Man-of-the-match, Davies, said: "It was not easy
at 8-2 with Kumar Sangakkara gone but he has scored a lot of runs
for us and it was nice for the rest of us to be able to contribute.
I thought Ben Foakes played really well in our partnership. I felt
it was hard work for the first ten overs on a pitch which had been
under cover. It was difficult to say what a good total should be and
we were probably slightly under par at the half-way stage."