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Youthful Yorkshire line-up fall well short
Yorkshire’s experiment with youth ended with their ninth defeat from 12 games in the YB40 competition.
Even Dan Hodgson’s career-best score was unable to prevent Glamorgan claiming the victory that secured their place in the semi-finals.
Having decided to blood younger players once they could no longer qualify, Yorkshire have struggled all season and it was a similar story after setting a modest 215-5.
Glamorgan passed that total with seven balls remaining to claim a four-wicket victory that earned them a last-four tie at Hampshire.
Hodgson, at 23 nearly a veteran of the side, delivered a gutsy 90 off 98 balls after being hit on the jaw by a Simon Jones bouncer that required two sets of treatment.
Kyle Williamson and Adam Lyth showed their experience to hit 45 and 44 respectively and at least guide Yorkshire past 200 and provide an experienced Glamorgan line-up with a test.
On a slow wicket that restricted all batsmen who wanted to accelerate, Hodgson played as well as anyone and hit eight fours and a six.
This helped to forge a 100-run partnership with Williamson after Yorkshire had slipped to 7-2, with Jonathan Tattersall – an 18-year-old batsman from Harrogate – suffering a duck on debut when playing on to seamer Michael Hogan.
Glamorgan suffered a similarly shaky start, with Gareth Rees holing out to deep mid-wicket and Mark Wallace caught at square leg inside the first eight overs of their reply.
But a superb 84 off 78 balls by Chris Cooke, which included six fours and two sixes, provided the foundation for Glamorgan’s victory.
Graham Wagg provided the acceleration towards the end by hitting 31 off 17 balls.