Bairstow smacks century in T20 warm-up game

YORKSHIRE’s Jonny Bairstow delighted the crowds by smacking 141 not out in a T20 warm-up game for Yorkshire against a Bradford League representative side.

Jonny Bairstow.
Jonny Bairstow.

Yorkshire closed on 236-5 after Bairstow pulverised the opponents’ attack, hitting 14 sixes and nine fours reaching his century from just 44 balls.

In reply, the Bradford League team certainly put up a fight, reaching 190 from their allotted 20 overs at Pudsey Congs CC.

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Bairstow was backed up by Alex Lees (46) and Rich Pyrah (21) after the early dismissals of Andrew Hodd and captain Andrew Gale.

It was always going to be a tall order for the Bradford League, but Suleman Khan (47) and James Smith (36) impressed, helping their team 190-8 against an attack that included the pace of Liam Plunkett (1-22), Jack Brooks (2-24), and the guile of Tim Bresnan (1-29).

Australian import Glenn Maxwell had hoped to play a part, but he only landed at 8am on Monday morning in Manchester from India.

“I had a very enjoyable flight – first-class to Dubai and business class to Manchester,” said the 26-year-old Australian.

“India may be different in terms of the weather but it is not such a big difference in terms of time zones.

“I had hoped to be playing. However, I am not allowed to travel and play on the same day.”

Yorkshire play another warm-up match tonight at Harrogate CC (5.30pm) against a Harrogate Select XI.

There is a further match at York CC on Wednesday (5.30pm) against the ECB Yorkshire Premier League XI before Jason Gillespie’s side continue their NatWest T20 Blast at Nottinghamshire Outlaws on Monday.