HARRY BROOK could not disguise his delight at scoring his maiden one-day century as Yorkshire got their Royal London Cup campaign off to a winning start, in blistering fashion, against Leicestershire at Emerald Headingley.

The 20-year-old hit a superb 103 and was crucial to the Vikings’ recovery from 17-3 as they posted 379-7.

Gary Ballance also added a career best 156 and Jonny Tattersall a late and inventive 58.

Mat Pillans then claimed a maiden five-wicket haul on his Yorkshire one-day debut as the Foxes were bowled out for 166, signalling a 213-run defeat - their heaviest ever loss runs-wise.

“That was very good,” said Brook, described as a “future England player” by Leicester coach Paul Nixon after the match.

“We didn’t start well as a batting unit, but myself and Gary tried our hardest to build a big partnership and got us to a decent total in the end.

“Tatts also played really nicely at the end.

“Then, the bowling was outstanding. We were really ruthless.

“The pitch did a tiny bit at the start to be fair. There was a bit of seam, although there wasn’t much swing.

“Getting hundreds is nice. I’m very happy. Hopefully I can go on and get a few more hundreds in this competition and see where we’re at in a few games.

“We’ve had a really good start to the season.

“A draw and win in the Championship and a win here, there’s good momentum going into the rest of this competition.”

Yorkshire are next in action against Warwickshire at Edgbaston on Friday (11am) before returning to Headingley on Sunday to take on Lancashire.