Cricket: Tykes win despite Morkel heroics


Yorkshire survived a brilliant all-round display by Albie Morkel to claim a six-run Friends Life T20 win over Derbyshire at Chesterfield.

South African Morkel followed his best-ever T20 bowling figures of four for 25 with an astonishing last over assault on Liam Plunkett that almost pulled off an improbable victory for the hosts.

Derbyshire needed 32 to overhaul Yorkshire’s 142 for nine but although Morkel smashed Plunkett for three fours and two sixes, he failed to make contact with the last ball and was left unbeaten on 51 from 31 balls.

Yorkshire, missing head coach Jason Gillespie due to compassionate leave following the passing of the Australian’s father, who died from a heart attack on Saturday, had looked on course for a more challenging total after Phil Jaques and Dan Hodgson established a solid platform with a second-wicket stand of 49 in six overs.

Hodgson pulled Tim Groenewald for six and Jaques twice reverse-swept boundaries as Yorkshire reached 70 for one in the ninth over before Derbyshire reined the visitors in on a slow pitch.