Yorkshire romped to a comfortable victory over the visiting Nottinghamshire Outlaws at Headingley, with their highest ever T20 total: 227-5.
Tim Bresnan won the toss and opted to bat first, clearly a wise choice if the scores are anything to go by. Adam Lyth got the home side off to a flyer dealing almost exclusively in boundaries.
New boy Tom Kohler-Cadmore admittedly looked a little more haphazard, and was the first to fall to Harry Gurney for just 5.
Gurney would go on to claim the scalps of Jack Leaning and Peter Handscomb, and finish with figures of 3-49, but unfortunately it can’t be said that he was the pick of the Notts bowling attack. His closing over really gave Yorkshire their glory. He started with a wide, had a dropped catch, a no ball, a wicket – the glimmer of hope – and ended on a six.
Lyth continued his onslaught until the 16th over, when Luke Fletcher had him caught by Tom Moores for 82 from 50 but he’d wracked up seven fours and three sixes; too many runs for them to genuinely celebrate the wicket.The wicket rubbed salt in the wound too by merely bringing together the explosive combination of Aussie recruits Shaun Marsh and Handscomb.
Marsh would deal as Lyth did – in boundaries. He was also able to finish with the prized asterisk next to his 60, and provided the second half of the play that put so much pressure on Notts.
The Outlaws put on, overall, an infinitely better fielding display. Yorkshire got off to the worst possible start in the field with a mis-field, a missed opportunity to stop a boundary and a dropped catch by the fourth over.
After the first few overs, Yorkshire could barely put a foot wrong. The wickets were shared around, the batsmen were stemmed before they could make any major contribution and they found their catching skills too.
All of a sudden, the Outlaws were 149-8 needing 79 from 16 balls.
They continued to lose wickets, with Wood being dismissed for a duck and no one making it all the way to 50. Hales top-scored with 47 and was closely followed by Steven Mullaney on 36 but, compared to Yorkshire’s top-scored, this was a meagre offering.
Fletcher kept the Outlaw’s flag flying by belting a few boundaries, but it was all in vain: they reached 179-8 at the end of the over allocation, a mammoth 49 runs short of their target.