Yorkshire Vikings coach issues warning to young guns after another YB40 defeat (From Gazette & Herald)
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Yorkshire Vikings coach issues warning to young guns after another YB40 defeat
Yorkshire’s experiment with youth ended with their ninth defeat from 12 games in the Yorkshire Bank 40 competition and coach Jason Gillespie warning their inexperienced players they must improve if they are to establish themselves in the first team.
Having suffered early defeats in the competition, Yorkshire have used it as a test for some of their outstanding players from the Academy and, despite encouraging performances, suffered the consequences by struggling to compete at times against more experienced opposition.
It was a similar situation for their final match of the competition after setting a modest 215-5, a total Glamorgan passed with seven balls remaining to claim a four-wicket victory that earned them a semi-final draw at Hampshire.
“We’re delighted at how our young lads are coming through and getting this experience of first-class cricket and being put under pressure, but we need to see an improvement,” said Gillespie.
“We are seeing a little bit and this season has been a great opportunity for these young lads to just see what it takes to be first-class cricketers and what it takes, and how much work we have to do to compete and win more games.”
Dan Hodgson, at 23 nearly a veteran of the side, delivered a gutsy 90 off 98 balls after being hit on the jaw by a Simon Jones bouncer that required two sets of treatment.
Kane Williamson and Adam Lyth showed their experience to hit 45 and 44 and at least guide Yorkshire past 200 and provide an experienced Glamorgan line-up with a test.
On a slow wicket that restricted all batsmen who wanted to accelerate, Hodgson played as well as anyone and hit eight fours and a six, helping to forge a 100-run partnership with Williamson after Yorkshire slipped to 7-2 with Jonathan Tattersall, an 18-year-old batsman from Harrogate, suffering a duck on debut by playing on to seamer Michael Hogan.
“Dan’s learning fast, especially with his batting,” added Gillespie.
“Opposition teams are looking at him and are adjusting their games and plans to him and he’s had to adapt.”
Hodgson finally perished in the 34th over when he clipped Graham Wagg to backward point, but Lyth’s 44 off 43 balls and York ace Jack Leaning’s unbeaten 24 off 20 balls helped Yorkshire add 47 in the final five overs.
Glamorgan suffered a similarly shaky start with Gareth Rees holing out to deep mid-wicket and Mark Wallace caught at square leg off Moin Ashraf inside the first eight overs of their reply, but a superb 84 from 78 balls by Chris Cooke, which included six fours and two sixes, provided the foundation for Glamorgan’s victory.
Cooke was dropped on 77, with Leaning failing to hold a return catch, but he dismissed him in his next over when Oliver Robinson took a brilliant catch on the run at the mid-wicket boundary.
A quickfire 31 from Wagg, which included a four and four sixes, all but condemned Yorkshire to their latest defeat in this competition.
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