Yorkshire Vikings slump to Royal London One-day Cup defeat to Gloucestershire

ON FORM: Yorkshire's Jack Leaning plays the ball away on the on side during his knock of 56 against Gloucestershire at HeadingleyPicture: Allan McKenzie/swpix.com

ON FORM: Yorkshire's Jack Leaning plays the ball away on the on side during his knock of 56 against Gloucestershire at HeadingleyPicture: Allan McKenzie/swpix.com

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YORKSHIRE’S mixed bag of a limited overs season continued as they lost their Royal London One-day Cup clash with Gloucestershire at Headingley by three wickets on the back of a poor batting performance.

Just when you think the Vikings have cracked it against the white ball, they go and prove otherwise.

They assembled a squad capable of winning the T20 Blast but failed to reach the quarter-finals having thrown away a number of golden opportunities.

Then, on Saturday, they impressively saw off Roses rivals Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford having amassed 324-7 to start this competition with a bang.

Unfortunately, they backed it up by being bowled out for 192 against a side of inferior quality, including a loss of three wickets for no runs in 15 balls and then five for 18 in 22 to bookend half-centuries from Adil Rashid and York's Jack Leaning.

They even had Gloucester 83-6 in reply, but somehow failed to press home the advantage as the visitors reached their 193 target with 28 balls to spare. Will Gidman steered them home with 71 not out.

"Very disappointing,” said director of cricket Martyn Moxon. “From Saturday to this game, it's chalk and cheese really. I can't explain it. From the outset, we just weren't at the races.

"It's happened a couple of times already this year. In Twenty20 cricket we generally batted well, but we keep having this kind of blip.

“We clearly didn't assess the conditions well at all. It was a bit slower, but that's our job as professional batsmen to assess conditions and play accordingly. We didn't do that.

"That partnership got us back in with a chance, but we lost five at the end to leave us short. To have nine overs left at the end is criminal. At the very least, you've got to bat 50 overs.”

There were some positives, however. Rashid performed with bat and ball to return a career best 71 off 83 balls and take 3-43 from ten overs of leg-spin, while Leaning also hit a composed 56 off 71.

They shared a county record 129 partnership for the sixth wicket inside 26 overs to help recover from 45-5 in the 13th over, but their good work was undone with a late collapse.

The negatives by far and away outweighed the positives.

After Andrew Gale won the toss, they were too aggressive at the start of their innings and got carried away at the end after the success of the Leaning and Rashid alliance.

They then looked set to get out of jail as Gloucester lost four wickets for 14 through the middle of their innings to slip from 69-2, including two each for Rich Pyrah and Rashid.

But a counter-attacking stand of 69 inside 14 overs for the seventh wicket between Gidman and Jack Taylor (38) swung the contest back in Gloucester’s favour.

The pair had earlier taken two wickets each in Yorkshire’s innings added to 3-31 for new ball bowler David Payne.

Yorkshire are back in action on Thursday when they host Sri Lanka 'A' in a 50-over friendly at Headingley.

Gale, Tim Bresnan, Jonny Bairstow, Jack Brooks and Steve Patterson will all miss the contest due to rest or impending Lions duty.

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