YORKSHIRE booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Royal London one-day Cup yesterday with the simplest of victories over Derbyshire at Scarborough.
The Vikings, chasing just 152, won by ten wickets with 123 balls to spare to clinch a fifth group ‘A’ victory from seven matches. They go down to Hampshire for their final group game next Thursday hoping to secure a home quarter-final thanks to a top-two finish.
Derbyshire surrendered meekly against an on-song bowling attack who took advantage of a pacey pitch with extra bounce. It was the same pitch used for Monday’s defeat against Essex here. There were a number of rash shots played as Rich Pyrah and Adil Rashid, who moved to 99 career List ‘A’ wickets, struck three times each, while Tim Bresnan and Steve Patterson added two apiece.
Pyrah’s haul of 3-25 from seven overs was the pick of the Yorkshire figures.
Such was Yorkshire’s dominance, they were able to face 12 overs in their chase before the midway break as Alex Lees and Adam Lyth took the score to 64-0.
They knocked off the runs midway through the 30th over, with Lees finishing 69 not out off 99 balls and Lyth unbeaten on 67 off 81, including a pulled six over mid-wicket that was caught by a member of the 4,000 crowd.
They shared their second century opening partnership in this competition and their fifth in all cricket this season, including one in the University friendly against Leeds/Bradford MCC Universities at the start of the summer.
“We’re playing some good cricket and, definitely, I think we can go all the way,” said captain Andrew Gale ahead of a quarter-final tie the week starting August 25.
“We’ve shown that by beating most of the sides in the competition, albeit Essex played well the other day. Apart from that, we’ve played some good cricket.
“Maybe that Gloucester (their other defeat) game came at the right time and was a kick up the backside we needed. I knew going into this competition that, with the make-up of our side, it was better for us than Twenty20.
“Everyone can see what our game plans have been with bat and ball, and it’s worked really well for us.
“I keep hammering home to the lads about the process, and I thought we did that really well.
“Even when we lost the other day, I couldn’t really ask anymore from the boys. They just played better than us on the day.
“It was good to get a response and get over the line.”
An unbeaten half-century for Lees means he enhanced his already notable record in all matches against Derbyshire, dating back to last season, to 472 runs in four innings without getting out.
Derbyshire’s misery was compounded when new ball bowler Mark Footitt was ordered out of the attack towards the end of his fifth over following excessive short pitched and dangerous bowling.
Yorkshire return to LV= County Championship action after a month away against Sussex at Scarborough tomorrow. Jonny Bairstow and Ryan Sidebottom will return to the squad having been rested yesterday.
York-based Bairstow has been on Lions duty and Sidebottom has not played a first-team fixture since the T20 group match against Nottinghamshire on July 25.