Vaughan returns to form
Former skipper pushes England claims in Yorkshire victory
Last Updated: 26/04/09 7:13pm
Vaughan: thrived in testing conditions
Friends Provident Trophy - Group C
Yorkshire 227-5 (M P Vaughan 82, G L Brophy 68 no) v Sussex 213 (T T Bresnan 4-35)
Yorkshire beat Sussex by 14 runs
Michael Vaughan stroked a near faultless 82 to set-up Yorkshire's 14-run victory over Sussex in the FP Trophy.
Vaughan, hoping to impress sufficiently to earn an England recall for the upcoming Tests against West Indies, defied a two-paced surface and some testing bowling from Sussex's seamers to guide the Tykes to a total of 227-5, having been 31-3 at one stage.
The former England captain was forced to adopt a cautious approach early on but his patience was later rewarded and, as well as hitting four fours over the newly-laid and spongy outfield at Headingley Carnegie, he also dispatched three perfectly-timed sixes.
His first half-century of the season came off 87 balls with four fours and a six and he eventually fell to his 116th delivery after adding an invaluable 117 for the fourth wicket with the in-form Gerard Brophy, who went on to snare five victims behind the stumps - a Yorkshire record in the competition.
Vaughan pulled his penultimate ball from Robin Martin-Jenkins into the crowd in the East Stand but the next appeared to shave the off-bail with wicketkeeper, Matt Prior, stood up to the stumps. The batsman looked at umpire Vanburn Holder and walked immediately when the dismissal was confirmed.
It was Vaughan's highest score for Yorkshire in any competition since making 95 against Derbyshire in the final NatWest Pro40 match of the 2007 season.
Sussex appeared to have made a shrewd decision to insert their hosts on winning the toss and opening bowlers James Kirtley and Damien Wright both achieved plenty of movement off the seam.
Wright (2-24) soon accounted for openers Andrew Gale (3) and Jacques Rudolph (9) as each of the left-handers deflected the ball into his stumps and Yorkshire's plight worsened when Martin-Jenkins curved one away from skipper Anthony McGrath (4) and had him caught behind.
Vaughan, too, almost played on to Martin-Jenkins early in his innings but he reacted quickly enough to kick the ball away in the nick of time.
It was a rare anxious moment, however, for Vaughan, who steadily rebuilt the innings with Brophy and moved to 20 with consecutive boundaries off Martin-Jenkins before slicing Luke Wright (0-40) over the slips for four and picking up his next ball for a leg-side six.
The pick of Vaughan's three maximums was an effortless straight drive into the sightscreen while a further boundary in the same over from Damien Wright moved the stand into three figures.
After Vaughan had been dismissed, Tim Bresnan fell lbw for a duck to his first legitimate ball from Martin-Jenkins (3-49) but Yorkshire were able to accelerate through an unbroken sixth wicket stand of 78 in nine overs between Brophy and Ajmal Shahzad.
Brophy ended unbeaten on 68 from 110 balls with just two boundaries to register his best one-day score for the county and Shahzad also enjoyed his highest limited-overs knock, his 43 not out coming off just 26 deliveries with two fours and three sixes.
Bresnan soon atoned for his batting failure by having Sussex openers Ed Joyce (14) and Joe Gatting (3) caught behind by Brophy, who was in the thick of the action again when pulled off a smart stumping to send back Prior (3) to a leg-side wide from Steve Patterson (2-47).
Murray Goodwin (46) and Luke Wright (47) brought Sussex back into contention with a 90 stand in 22 overs before both edged to Brophy in consecutive overs and Bresnan rounded off fine figures of 4-35 by getting Rory Hamilton-Brown (18) caught at long-on and then deflecting a fierce drive from Mike Yardy (27) into the stumps with new batsman Martin-Jenkins out of his crease. Bresnan damaged his hand in the process and had to leave the field for treatment.
Sussex continued to resist bravely until their last wicket went down at 213 with eight balls remaining.