Yorkshire 146 for 6 (Kohler-Cadmore 52, Rimmington 3-16) beat Durham 132 (Steel 49, Shutt 5-11, Lyth 3-19) by 14 runs
Jack Shutt claimed career-best figures to keep Yorkshire Vikings’ hopes of reaching the Vitality Blast quarter-finals alive after beating Durham by 14 runs at Emirates Riverside.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore top scored for the visitors with an innings of 52, guiding Yorkshire to a competitive total of 146 for 6 from their 20 overs, while Nathan Rimmington claimed figures of 3 for 16 to keep the Vikings in check.
Scott Steel and D’Arcy Short handed the home side the perfect start to their innings. However, for the second time in two matches, once the openers were dismissed Durham failed to keep the scoreboard moving amid brilliant bowling from Shutt, who took 5 for 11. Even in front of a record-breaking crowd, they failed to rise to the occasion late in the innings, slipping to a costly defeat.
After Yorkshire were inserted Adam Lyth took the attack Brydon Carse, sending a huge six over the leg side before notching a boundary striking over the top. Steel made the breakthrough as Lyth sliced his drive straight to Carse at point. Matty Potts then removed David Willey for 2 with a sharp low catch off his own bowling.
Kohler-Cadmore tried to get the Vikings moving, blasting a huge six into the crowd off Liam Trevaskis. However, Yorkshire lost their third wicket of the Powerplay when Jonny Tattersall failed to connect with his drive off Rimmington as Graham Clark claimed the catch.
Jack Leaning joined Kohler-Cadmore at the crease and two players built an impressive stand for the fourth wicket, although boundaries were at a premium. Kohler-Cadmore worked the ball into space to reach his half-century from 40 deliveries, including two boundaries and a six. Rimmington’s return to the attack was crucial, forcing the mistake from Kohler-Cadmore, who skied his pull shot, allowing to Clark take his second catch.
The Vikings were struggling to up the ante in the closing stages and Rimmington notched his third wicket when Leaning picked out Harry Adair at backward point. In the final over, Will Fraine attempted to clear the boundary off Potts, only to pick out Short on the rope. However, Tim Bresnan succeeded where Fraine failed, smashing a six over Short’s head, ensuring Yorkshire ended the innings on a high note just shy of the 150-run mark.
Durham made a measured start to their chase with Short and Steel at the crease. Both players began to push on towards the end of the Powerplay. Steel was the first to clear the fence with a brilliant strike off Mathew Pillans over the leg-side before Short joined him in the following over, striking back-to-back sixes off Jordan Thompson to kickstart his innings.
The home side scored 64 from the opening six overs, handing them control of the run rate. However, Shutt’s introduction into the attack sparked the Vikings into life. First he ended the opening stand for 70, turning one through Short’s gate to bowl the Aussie for 29. Adair made only 4 before he fell to Shutt, picking out Lyth in the deep, putting the pressure on the hosts.
Steel and Peter Handscomb nudged Durham over the 100-run mark, but Shutt removed the former, who feathered an edge through to Tattersall behind the stumps. The offspinner put the clamps on, dismissing Gareth Harte and then Handscomb in the space of three deliveries, earning his first five-wicket haul in T20 cricket.
For the second time in two matches, Durham failed to handle the pressure of the chase. Their middle and lower-order batsmen failed to pick the gaps in the field. Lyth was the beneficiary, taking the pace off the ball, accounting for the wickets of Ben Raine, Trevaskis and Clark before a run-out between Potts and Rimmington secured a huge win for the Vikings.