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— 14 March 2023

Yash Vagadia scored an excellent 65 as Yorkshire were beaten by the Netherlands in a 50-over friendly in Cape Town today, the men in Orange chasing down a target of 270.

At Rondebosch Cricket Club, Yorkshire’s second day of pre-season match action saw the Dutch win by five wickets with 7.2 overs to spare.

While Yorkshire are warming up for the new county season, the likes of Roelof van der Merwe, Colin Ackermann and Fred Klaassen are closing in on a pair of ODI series in Zimbabwe and South Africa, starting next week.

After being inserted by Scott Edwards, Yorkshire totalled 269-9, including 65 for new rookie batter Vagadia and 53 not out for captain Dom Bess. Opener Fin Bean added 26, Matthew Revis 33 and Ben Mike a late 24.

While 19-year-old Vagadia’s innings was fashioned from number three in the order, Bess – number eight – led a late recovery. When he came to the crease after 32 overs, the county were 161-6 and in some danger.

New ball seamer Klaassen claimed four wickets; Bean, Harry Duke, Vagadia and Will Luxton.

In reply, the Dutch, who earlier in the winter reached the main stage of the T20 World Cup in Australia and beat Zimbabwe and South Africa along the way, were relatively untroubled as they reeled in that 270 target.

Opener Max O’Dowd top-scored with 98 in the face of a seven-match Vikings attack led by Ben Cliff’s 2-48 from eight overs.

Cliff took the new ball and trapped O’Dowd lbw and had the other opener, Vikramjit Singh, caught.

Dom Leech, George Hill and Bess were the other wicket-takers, while leg-spinner Jafer Chohan was the only bowler who sent down his full allocation of 10 overs, 0-66.

Mickey Edwards bowled five overs for 20, coming on first change.

O’Dowd was supported by 59 from Ben Cooper, Singh’s 40 and 32 for Leicestershire’s Colin Ackermann.