YORKSHIRE’S Twenty20 campaign may have not gone to plan but Ossett all-rounder Rich Pyrah has enjoyed a record-breaking campaign.
Pyrah, whose abilities with bat and ball are suited to the short-form of the game, had at least given Yorkshire a glimmer of hope going into their final group game against Derbyshire last night with a five-star performance against Durham.
The former Ossett High School pupil entered the Headingley record books by becoming the first Yorkshire player to take five wickets in a T20 match.
The 28-year-old took full advantage of the Scarborough wicket, favourable to the bowlers, on Sunday to rip through the Durham batting line-up with superb figures of 5-16 from his four overs.
It restricted the visitors to 144-8 and, not content with taking the plaudits with the ball, Pyrah smashed a six to give Yorkshire a crucial victory with three balls to spare.
It was a day to remember for Pyrah, but he’s been frustrated at some inconsistent performances which look set to cost Yorkshire a quarter-final spot.
“Sunday was a great day,” he said.
“It was really pleasing to get the first five-for for Yorkshire in Twenty20 and even better because it was against Durham, who are one of the best sides this season.
“It was the first Twenty20 game at Scarborough and the pitch was a bit nimble so it suited my style down to the ground.
“It’s just a shame it could be over for us now. We’ve been too inconsistent in this competition this year.”
Yorkshire continued their good form at North Marine Road on Thursday with victory over Worcestershire in their LV County Championship relegation battle.
Pyrah, who has also turned out for Ossett CC while recovering from injury this season, maintained his form with 2-28 in the first innings and a fine 4-91 in the second which helped put Yorkshire in control.
Martyn Moxon’s men looked at the match as a chance to haul themselves out of the Division 1 relegation spots.
They did just that but still face a battle to preserve their top-flight status.
But Pyrah, who lives in Ossett, is confident the youthful Yorkshire side can survive and even achieve a mid-table finish this season.
It’s a case that has been boosted with the imminent return of former player Jacques Rudolph.
“It’s been difficult because we have a young team,” he said.
“Players like Joe Root have done well and Gary Ballance has come in midway through the season and done a great job. It’ll be massive for them because they can only improve from the experience they’ll get. If we can finish the season mid-table then we’d take that right now given how young the side is, and I’m sure with Jacques returning we can do that.”
“We’ve got two months of the season remaining and we’re capable of achieving mid-table and progressing in the CB40”.
Yorkshire host Middlesex Panthers in a crucial CB40 game on Sunday.
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