Dawid Malan Stars in Vikings Victory over Lancashire Lightning
Yorkshire Vikings secured a 15-run victory over Lancashire Lightning in the T20 Blast’s Roses match at Headingley, thanks to an impressive innings from Dawid Malan. Although Jos Buttler returned to the field for Lightning, he was only able to score one before being caught out by Dom Bess. Malan scored an excellent 83 and helped Yorkshire reach a total of 195-6. Colin de Grandhomme’s bowling kept them below 200 with his three wickets for just 24 runs.
Tom Hartley top-scored for Lightning with an unbeaten century but it wasn’t enough as they were kept to just 180-8. This fixture has traditionally been dominated by Lancashire, including a semi-final win last summer, but Yorkshire looked strong throughout the game and deserved their fifth Roses T20 win in ten seasons. Adam Lyth set the tone early on with four consecutive boundaries off Luke Wood (0-55). Malan joined him soon after and they smashed through six overs during which they reached an astonishing fifty-nine runs without loss. De Grandhomme broke up that partnership when he took down Will Luxton with his first ball of the day – he continued on to remove Shan Masood shortly thereafter.
But despite this setback, Malan led from the front and brought up his half-century off thirty-three balls with some high-quality shots. He did receive one lifeline when Matt Parkinson missed a catch opportunity while scrambling back; most of The Headingley crowd erupted into cheers once it happened. However, Phil Salt managed to take another chance later on preventing Dawid scoring more than sixty-three runs before sending him packing. In response, Buttler’s dismissal meant that things weren’t looking great for lightning straight away.
Steven Croft succumbed early too leaving others needing big performances if there was to be any hope for them. Luke Wells gave the spectators some hope with back-to-back sixes but he too fell quickly, along with Phil Salt who struggled to get going. Daryl Mitchell and Liam Livingstone tried to rebuild the innings, but both were eventually dismissed by a disciplined Vikings attack led by David Wiese (2-31), leaving Lightning struggling at 101-6. Hartley provided some late fireworks towards the end of the match, including two consecutive maximums off Ben Mike (2-31).
But it wasn’t enough in what became Yorkshire’s game. Essex secured their second win in South Group against Sussex thanks largely due to Simon Harmer’s hat-trick heroics – which saw him take three wickets from his first three deliveries while bowling. Earlier on in the day though, Feroze Khushi helped Essex work up an impressive total of 163/7 after being reduced from 56 runs down four wickets during Tymal Mills’ spell. Thereafter Ravi Bopara could only manage one run before becoming Sam Cook’s victim.
Then came Simon Harmer’s show-stopping performance that changed everything: Tom Alsop and Shadab Khan were bowled out as well as Michael Burgess; all this happened within just two balls! Tom Clark stood alone as more players fell around him; James Coles added thirty-five runs himself though Oli Carter soon followed suit and Henry Crocombe didn’t fare much better. Eventually they reached 138 for nine after forty overs. Derbyshire edged Leicestershire elsewhere in another tight encounter where Wayne Madsen helped put together a solid platform early on before finishing unbeaten near triple figures.