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Birmingham ride on Paul Stirling 81 to leave Yorkshire fate in the balance

Birmingham 238 for five (Stirling 81, Mousley 63*) beat Yorkshire 207 (Lyth 69, Brathwaite 3-32) by 31 runs

Yorkshire should keep away from defeat towards Leicestershire at Grace Road on Sunday to beat them to a quarter-final berth within the Blast after producing what absolutely ranked as their most slipshod bowling efficiency of the season within the face of a domineering Birmingham Bears at Headingley. They might end something from second to fifth.

Birmingham, confirmed as North Group winners, will take their place within the final eight with a house tie and because the type staff within the nation. Their 238 for five was the very best complete ever made towards Yorkshire in T20 cricket, the fourth-highest rating of this season’s event and the third-highest ever conceded on this floor.

It was one other flat Headingley pitch, however not as flat because the seam bowling efficiency from a Yorkshire aspect which lacked conviction when the strain was at its highest. For a county determined for an uplifting show throughout a season of turmoil, it was a significant disappointment, even permitting for the truth that this at all times had the makings of a slug fest – the 2 sides have now shared 12 totals of greater than 200 this season.

Paul Stirling had not made a rating of be aware since his beautiful debut for Birmingham, 119 from 51 balls towards Northants at Edgbaston, which included 34 in an over towards James Sales. But when the temper takes him, he can pulverise mediocre bowling, as his 20 from Matthew Waite’s opening over, the second of the innings, testified. His 81 from 41 balls had decreased the Headingley crowd to silence lengthy earlier than David Willey had him lbw.

Yorkshire had dismissed Birmingham for under 101 on a used pitch at Edgbaston earlier within the event, however this was totally different gravy. It took Birmingham solely 8.1 overs to achieve that landmark within the return fixture as Stirling deposited Jordan Thompson for considered one of his seven sixes. Yorkshire struck again courtesy of Adam Lyth‘s 69 from 38 balls, however 239 was a large enterprise and when Lyth fell to a contentious diving catch at level – the umpires taking a while to verify their choice that Chris Benjamin’s catch was clear – they might not summon one other innings of substance.

This was a fatalistic Yorkshire seam bowling efficiency, not helped by some fielding blemishes on an outfield dampened by rain that had delayed the beginning for 35 minutes. Too typically, the physique language was poor; there have been too many shakes of heads and palms on hips. If brains had been working additional time to formulate a plan, it was troublesome to establish what it was.

The captain, Willey, who’s transferring to Northants on the finish of the season, has confronted sufficient strain conditions to remain level-headed in much more demanding conditions than this and he would have emerged with creditable figures had he not conceded 20 off the ultimate over of the innings as Dan Mousley accomplished an uninhibited, career-best 63 not out from solely 25 deliveries, swinging to the leg aspect at will with Willey and Thompson most within the firing line.

Matthew Revis, who didn’t think about himself as a bowler a yr or so in the past, as but doesn’t have a lot nous to fall again on. Thompson is attempting so as to add variation to his sport and has a Hundred contract to stay up for with London Spirit. Most disappointing was Waite, 26 now, however not often offering indications of creating right into a pondering bowler.

Yorkshire mustered solely three profitable overs in Birmingham’s innings. One got here late on from Thompson. The first two belonged to the legspinner Shadab Khan, wickets in them each, Alex Davies top-edging a sweep to brief third man and Sam Hain caught on the wicket as he laid again to chop.

Lyth formulated Yorkshire’s batting response. Finn Allen strikes at an astounding 201 runs per 100 balls however has but to achieve 50 and Harry Brook, coming in at no 6 with no time to undergo the gears, was not finest used. Lyth may need fallen to a relay catch at deep sq. leg on 47 when Benjamin flicked the ball again, however the alternative was not taken by the assist fielder. Jake Lintott’s over went for 20 in consequence, Lyth stepping effectively outdoors off stump to each supply to focus on the brief boundary and Lintott having no reply.

It was one other redoubtable effort by Lyth, who is sixth in this season’s runs list and whose day had begun with Yorkshire’s affirmation that he had agreed a brand new three-year contract. Yorkshire have many extra contracts to barter, and are braced for potential departures with the membership nonetheless in some turmoil, however Lyth had been introduced by their detractors as a participant who would possibly go away so his choice to remain might show to be an influential one.

Until this defeat, Yorkshire appeared to have had an honest 48 hours. They might additionally luxuriate in Finlay Bean‘s beautiful 441 from 518 balls in a 2nd XI match towards Nottinghamshire at Lady Bay, which set a brand new report for the very best particular person rating in Second XI Championship historical past, beating Marcus Trescothick’s 322 for Somerset 2nds towards Warwickshire again in 1997.

Bean isn’t beneath contract with Yorkshire, having initially left the membership in 2020. “He left their pathway system at 18, went into the leagues and did well and came back in to help out,” mentioned Tom Smith, Yorkshire’s 2nd XI coach. “It is vital for everyone to know that, no matter what your situation is, the door is never closed.” Yorkshire’s director of cricket, Darren Gough, is dedicated to giving alternative to late builders and Bean would possibly effectively be a working example.

David Hopps writes on county cricket for ESPNcricinfo @davidkhopps

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