Hit and miss as Yorkshire lose second RL Cup match

Jack Leaning dives to make his ground while making a half-century for Yorkshire

Jack Leaning dives to make his ground while making a half-century for Yorkshire

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YORKSHIRE'S mixed bag of a limited-overs season continued with a three-wicket Royal London One-Day Cup loss to Gloucestershire at Headingley after a poor batting performance.

Just when you think the Vikings have cracked it against the white ball, they 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 beat Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford, having amassed 324-7, to start this competition with a bang.

Unfortunately they were bowled out for just 192 against a Gloucestershire side of inferior quality, including losing three wickets for no runs in 15 balls and then five for 18 in 22 to bookend half-centuries from Adil Rashid and Jack Leaning.

They even had their opponents 83-6 in reply but failed to capitalise as the visitors reached their 193 target with 28 balls left, Will Gidman finishing 71 not out.

Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon said: "It's very disappointing. From Saturday to this game, it's chalk and cheese. 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. 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. Rashid returned a career-best 71 off 83 balls and took 3-43, while Leaning hit a composed 56.

They shared a county-record 129 for the sixth wicket inside 26 overs to help recover from 45-5 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 and got carried away at the end after the success of Leaning and Rashid.

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 69 inside 14 overs for the seventh wicket between Gidman and Jack Taylor (38) swung the contest again. The pair had earlier taken two wickets each.

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.

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