Tom Kohler and Harry Brook ensure comfortable win for the English side in Group A encounter at Zayed Cricket Stadium
Abu Dhabi T20: Steven Patterson hails Yorkshire youngsters after signing off with thumping win over Hobart Hurricanes
Yorkshire Vikings captain Steven Patterson admitted his frustration at his side’s early exit from the Abu Dhabi T20, but insisted plenty of positives can be taken.
The English county side were eliminated before their second Group A match on Saturday after Pakistan’s Lahore Qalandars secured their spot in the final with Friday’s win over Hobart Hurricanes, having narrowly defeated Yorkshire on Thursday.
It meant Yorkshire’s impressive nine-wicket thumping of Hobart at the Zayed Cricket Stadium was inconsequential.
“It’s a bit difficult for the fact Lahore won against us and qualified for the final before our second game,” Patterson said after Yorkshire’s victory over Hobart.
“It’s disappointing because we lost a close game and then we won quite comfortably today. Obviously with six teams it’s difficult to do anything differently. It’s frustrating to lose a close game and then win the next pretty convincingly.”
Despite Yorkshire’s early elimination, Patterson said the team can leave the UAE capital with heads held high and will enjoy the off-season before attention turns to next season.
“It’s the first time and the tournament has been a success so far,” Patterson, 35, said. “We can still take a lot of confidence from the way our young lads played in this tournament here.
“We are [here] after a long season and we’ll now take a break, and then regroup for the summer in England next year. Hopefully looking forward to coming back for the Abu Dhabi T20 next year.”
Tom Kohler-Cadmore, 24, (72 not out) and 19-year-old Harry Brook (42 not out) powered Yorkshire with a 99-run stand for the second wicket after restricting Hobart to 140-7 in 20 overs.
“These two young lads showed a lot of maturity and played some good cricket to take us across the line,” Patterson said. “Not only these two, but we had a lot of youngsters on this tour and they all had a go against two top teams in this tournament. I’m sure they can take this experience forward.”