YORKSHIRE won a pulsating Roses match by 17 runs with five balls to spare in front of a 10,200 crowd at Headingley to lift them off the bottom of the Friends Provident t20 North Division table.
In an exciting match of fluctuating fortunes, the pendulum finally swung Yorkshire’s way in the 18th over when paceman Steve Patterson picked up three wickets in five balls as Lancashire made a desperate bid to get the 41 they still required for victory with four wickets in hand.
Lancashire entered the penultimate over on 128 for nine and Sajid Mahmood defiantly lashed Tino Best for six over mid-wicket but in the final over he struck Pyrah straight to Herschelle Gibbs at long-off.
Meanwhile, England batsman Kevin Pietersen has announced he will leave Hampshire at the end of the season.
The 29-year-old, who lives in London, wants to spend more time with his wife Jessica and their first child.
Pietersen appeared for the county for the first time in two years in their Friends Provident t20 clash with Surrey on Sunday, and he will not renew his contract at The Rose Bowl.
Pietersen said: “I have not had much opportunity to play for Hampshire but I want to thank the players, staff, chairman and fans, for the support I have had during my time at The Rose Bowl.
“Hampshire is a great club and I wish them well for the future.”