Derby epic in prospect as Durham Jets face Yorkshire Vikings in NatWest T20 Blast semi-final
Durham Jets will face old rivals Yorkshire Vikings in their NatWest T20 Blast semi-final.
The neighbours were last night drawn together in the first semi on finals day at Edgbaston next Saturday, with an 11am start.
The second semi-final sees Notts up against Northamptonshire at 2.30pm, with the final at 6.45.
Yorkshire last night impressively hammered hosts Glamorgan by 90 runs to complete an all-North Group semi-final line-up.
A record Cardiff crowd of 10,087 had to come with the hope of seeing Glamorgan make their first T20 finals day since 2004.
Instead they watched as the hosts were bowled out for just 90 en route to a crushing 90-run defeat, with leg-spinner Adil Rashid taking 4-26 and Jacques Rudloph top-scoring with just 26. They reached the end of the batting powerplay on 34-5 and never recovered.
England all-rounder David Willey was the star of the night with the bat, blasting 79 from 38 balls to help Yorkshire reach 180-8 off their 20 overs.
They looked set for a lot more while Willey was at the crease, but it ended up being more than enough as Glamorgan crumbled, despite four wickets from leg-spinner Colin Ingram.
Yorkshire’s lack of batting, with Travis Head having been called up by Australia and their England players taking part in the Test against Pakistan, began to tell as they lost six wickets for 35 runs, but it did not matter, given the impressive Yorkshire bowling.
Durham and Yorkshire have a win apiece from this season’s North Group clashes. The Jets triumphed by six runs, helped by the Duckworth Lewis Method, in their meeting at the Emirates Riverside, but Yorkshire eased to a 49-run victory in the Headingley return.
Durham’s allocation – each of the semi-finalists have been given 800 tickets to the otherwise sold-out event – went on sale to members from 9am today, priced £66 (adults) and £26 (children). Each member can buy up to four tickets.