Worcestershire named both their overseas players in the side that faced Yorkshire in the Friends Life t20 match against Yorkshire at Headingley Carnegie. Damien Wright passed a late fitness test on his calf injury that kept him out of the last match and was joined in the team by Shakib Al-Hasan. Yorkshire won the toss and elected to bat first. Openers Andrew Gale and Jonny Bairstow got the home side off to a good start in the power-play overs. Gale was the first man out, in Shakib Al-Hasan's first over, caught at mid on by Vikram Solanki for 29 off just 15 balls.
After the power play overs were completed and the Worcestershire spin bowlers were able to take the pace off the ball the flow of runs slowed, helped by some good ground fielding by Worcestershire. Bairstow made 24 and Anthony McGrath 21 but none of the Yorkshire batsmen were able to kick on and make a big score. Gareth Andrew in particular was very effective in his first three overs, taking 3-18 to help restrict the home side to a fairly modest score. Ryan Sidebottom came in with less than 2 overs to go and hit 16 off just 8 deliveries that helped Yorkshire reach 152-7 in their 20 over allocation. The last over did not help Andrew's figures but still managed to finish on 3-30 with Al-Hasan taking 2-32 in their 4 over allocations.
Worcestershire made a poor start in their chase of Yorkshire's total, falling to 37-4 by the end of the 7th over. Adil Rashid took the new ball and took 2-17 in his opening 3 over spell and Ryan Sidebottom went for just 6 runs in his first two overs. Richard Pyrah took two wickets in his opening over, dismissing both Vikram Solanki for 28 and Al-Hasan for 3.
Daryl Mitchell and James Cameron steadied the innings with a 5th wicket stand of 30 before Mitchell became Rashid's third victim, when he came back on to bowl his final over, bowled for 15, with Rashid finishing on figures of 3-19.
This set the scene for a remarkable innings by Gareth Andrew, coming in with the score on 67-5 made a Twenty/20 career best score of 60* in just 26 deliveries. After the first three deliveries he faced the next 23 were all scoring shots including 5 boundary fours and 4 boundary sixes. A 6th wicket stand of 59 in five overs with James Cameron brought Worcestershire right back into the match. Pyrah came on to bowl his last over and picked up two wickets, including that of Cameron for 28 to finish with figures of 4-21.
Worcestershire required 12 runs to win off the last over, which was bowled by Sidebottom. Shaaiq Choudhry took advantage of a misfield to run 3 on the first ball to give the strike back to Andrew. However Sidebottom held his nerve and Andrew was not able to find the ropes in the final over. The last ball was faced by Choudhry, with still 4 runs required to run but only one bye was possible. It was a close finish to an exciting match, which at one stage Worcestershire looked well off the pace until a brutal innings brought them so close to victory.
Yorkshire (152-7) beat Worcestershire (150-7) by 2 runs.