Yorkshire kick off 50-over cup with victory over Lancashire Lightning

Yorkshire kick off 50-over cup with victory over Lancashire Lightning

Yorkshire kick off 50-over cup with victory over Lancashire Lightning

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YORKSHIRE found the perfect remedy for losing Friday’s crunch Twenty20 clash with Nottinghamshire by seeing off Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford 24 hours later to start their Royal London One-day Cup campaign with a bang.

Andrew Gale’s men won their Group 'A' opener by 47 runs having racked up an imposing 324-7 from their 50 overs, including 70 from Kane Williamson and 66 from opener Alex Lees.

After reducing the Lightning to 57-3 in the 15th over of their reply, the Vikings were given a scare by Karl Brown and his memorable 129 off 99 balls.

Lancashire’s number five hit nine fours and four sixes to take the score to 250 in the 43rd over before he was bowled by a Jack Brooks slower ball to leave his side six down and still needing 75.

They subsided to 277 all out in the 47th over as Tim Bresnan and Adil Rashid finished with a couple of wickets apiece.

“We spoke about how are we going to react to the Nottinghamshire game, and I thought our intensity throughout was of Twenty20 standard,” said coach Jason Gillespie.

“We’re absolutely delighted. To win by 47 runs in the first 50-over game we’ve played for a while is very satisfying.

“You don’t want to dwell on a loss, and the best thing for us was to get back on the horse and play some cricket immediately. The way we came out with the bat was absolutely phenomenal.

“I thought our openers set the tone and the innings was paced well, which allowed us to go pretty hard at the end. Then the bowlers and fielders went out and defended it. It was very pleasing.

“I think, to be fair, if Karl Brown had stayed out there until the end, Lancs could well have got over the line. I thought that was an absolutely outstanding innings. When Brooksy bowled him, we were glad to see the back of him. That was fantastic batting from him.

“The pleasing aspect was that we stuck to the task. That was a hard fought win.”

Yorkshire, having elected to bat, had three partnerships of note at the top of the order on a fast and true Old Trafford pitch.

Lees, who faced 73 balls, and Adam Lyth (46) shared 69 inside ten overs for the first wicket before Lees and Williamson, who faced 82 balls, added 82 inside 16 for the second and Williamson and Gale (38) shared 72 inside 14 for the third.

Bresnan then hit a useful 32 off 18 at the death as 52 came off the last five overs of the innings.

Lancashire lost key batsmen Usman Khawaja and Ashwell Prince to Bresnan and Lyth’s part-time off-spin early in their chase.

But Brown dragged his side back into the reckoning with some lusty striking, and he shared 103 for the fourth wicket with Paul Horton. He brought up his ton of 82 balls and hit all of his sixes over long-on or long-off.

Yorkshire let slip a trio of tough chances in the field, two of them with Brown on 27 and 97 - Lees diving at deep cover and again at short over. But all in all, this was a slick performance.

They have now beaten Lancashire twice at Old Trafford this season in limited overs cricket. What would they give to make it a hat-trick of wins in all forms when these two meet in the LV= County Championship late next month?

Yorkshire are back in 50-over action tomorrow against Gloucestershire at Headingley.

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