Bairstow, Sidebottom shine as Yorks join Leics in semis

County teams from Yorkshire and Leicestershire won through from the first two quarter-finals of the 2012 Banks Barbados T20 Cup and Plate at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown.

Yorkshire got the better of Derbyshire in the opening match and Leicestershire again proved themselves capable of defending a small total as they withstood the challenge of The Combined Campuses and Colleges to sneak home by just seven runs under the floodlights.

Andrew Gale won the toss for his Yorkshire side and, batting first, made 44 out of a total of 183 for 8. The score was boosted by a typical Jonny Bairstow cameo which was worth 48 from only 30 deliveries faced. Mark Footitt was the pick of the Derbyshire bowlers with 3 for 36.

Ryan Sidebottom, an ICC T20 World Cup winner on the same ground in 2010, effectively settled the contest inside the first four overs of the reply. The left-arm pace bowler claimed three early wickets and returned later to complete figures of 4 for 20.

Derbyshire could only muster 123 for 8, with skipper Wayne Madsen making 43, as they went down by 60 runs.

In the later game Leicestershire could only make 122 for 5 after electing to bat first. Josh Cobb and Jacques du Toit gave the innings some early impetus by scoring 26 from the first three overs but both then fell and only a well-compiled 52 not out from Matthew Boyce averted a complete disaster for the reigning English T20 champions.

With only a small total to defend it was important to make early inroads and Matthew Hoggard and Robbie Joseph obliged to leave the students on 11 for 3 in the fourth over.

Claude Henderson grabbed a couple of wickets during the middle overs but an innings of 62 from Roston Chase almost saw CCC to victory. He fell in the final over, which began with ten runs required, but Wayne White held his nerve to guide the Foxes through to the March 22 semi-finals.

The two remaining quarter-final matches will both be played at Kensington on March 21, with Hampshire facing Warwickshire followed by Nottinghamshire against hosts Barbados in the late match.

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