Yorkshire collected some pre-season silverware when they triumphed in the final of The Banks Barbados T20 Cup at Kensington Oval, defeating Warwickshire by 44 runs.
During a hectic day of cricket, their openers twice served them well, enjoying fruitful partnerships in both the semi-final and final itself.
After putting on 108 earlier in the day against Nottinghamshire, Andrew Gale and Joe Sayers combined to add 98 in front of a watching Sir Garfield Sobers. The platform set, Yorkshire’s total of 172 for 4 proved to be beyond their opponents, who suffered an early blow to their morale.
In just the fourth over Chris Woakes went over on his ankle when fielding in the deep, resulting in a short stoppage and him being carried from the field, clearly in distress.
Nothing could distract the two in-form batsmen though, as they advanced to 97 by the half-way stage. One more was added before skipper Gale fell to Chris Wright for 41 and Sayers fell shortly afterwards for a well-compiled 54.
Useful contributions followed, although there was a brief comedy moment when the ball was hit out into the deep and Joe Root and Anthony McGrath collided in the middle of the strip. Both fell to the ground and it was clear there was more laughter than embarrassment under the Kensington lights.
Chasing 173, Warwickshire lost Varun Chopra to Sidebottom early on, the right-hander chopping on to his stumps against the bowler who collected an ICC World T20-winners medal on the same ground two years ago.
Wickets fell regularly after then and although Stefan Piolet and Richard Johnson managed to put on 57 for the seventh wicket they fell 44 runs short, ending the innings on 128 for 7.
Afterwards a delighted Jason Gillespie paid tribute to his troops. “I’m really pleased for them”, said the Yorkshire first team coach. “They’ve pulled together and executed their skills really well. Andrew has had a good day with the bat and led the team beautifully in the field.”
Yorkshire had booked their place in the final by defeating Nottinghamshire at Windward with Gale scoring 111 from just 63 deliveries to lift his side to 192 for 4. In reply Notts fell 38 runs short, with Neil Edwards making 59, and were bowled out for 154 in the 18th over.
Warwickshire overcame Leicestershire, the reigning domestic T20 champions, in a lower-scoring affair at the Four Square Oval. Warwicks made 144 for 8 before bowling their opponents out for just 86 inside 16 overs.