Yorkshire 160 for 5 (Kohler-Cadmore 62, Fraine 32*, Willey 30, Atkinson 2-28) beat Surrey 159 for 7 (Overton 40, Willey 2-26, Shadab 2-29) by 1 run
Willey was perhaps less ready just four hours earlier when he was released from England’s T20I squad preparing for Thursday’s series opener against India and was stranded in Southampton without his Vikings gear. Brook was possibly more expectant of making the dash up the M3 and so there was only one thing for it.
Willey had been critical of his side’s bowling after they lost their last two group games, and only scraped into the knockout phase thanks to Leicestershire’s points penalty for poor on-field discipline against Northamptonshire last week.
Coming in with his side 91 for 5 with six overs remaining, Overton thrashed 40 from just 21 balls, including four sixes to push his side to the point that they needed just five runs from the last over.
But Thompson took the ball and sent down a bouncer followed by two yorkers before his slower ball drew a hefty swing and a miss outside off stump from Overton. Wicketkeeper Tom Kohler-Cadmore, whose 62 had helped Yorkshire to 160 for 5 from a precarious 9 for 2, fumbled the ball and Overton set off for a run before turning back only to see Kohler-Cadmore, glove off, throwing down the stumps with a devastating direct hit.
Thompson then had Sunil Narine brilliantly caught by Will Fraine, wheeling in from the boundary at deep backward square leg, and it was down to Gus Atkinson to score three off the final delivery. A swing and a miss resulted in a bye and it wasn’t enough.
Burns and Curran put their foot down in the fourth over, which went for 22 runs as they each helped themselves to a four and a six off Revis. But then Dom Bess applied the plug, conceding just two runs off the next over.
By the end of the powerplay, Surrey were 37 for 1, compared to Yorkshire’s 35 for 2, then Burns was bowled by Shadab Khan and the hosts were 57 for 2 in the ninth.
Evans launched Willey for six and was then dropped by Tattersall at backward point in the 17th over as the pressure mounted. Revis, bowling the penultimate over, conceded just two runs from the first five balls before Evans launched him for another six setting up the enthralling final stanza.
He opened the bowling and had Yorkshire in trouble from the beginning when they lost Adam Lyth, the competition’s fourth-highest run-scorer going into the match, spooning just the third ball straight to Overton, diving forwards at cover.
Finn Allen followed in the next over, skying Dan Worrall high above midwicket where Overton sat underneath it and already the visitors were two down with just nine runs on the board.
Kohler-Cadmore and Willey kept them afloat and Shadab added a neat 21 off 12 balls but it would all come down to the bowlers and this time they were up to the task.
Valkerie Baynes is a general editor at ESPNcricinfo