Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Worcestershire progress to knock-outs of Royal London Cup

Gary Ballance scored a fluent 71 run knock
Gary Ballance scored a fluent 71 run knock
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An all-round performance from Worcestershire helped them chase 210 runs against Derbyshire while Yorkshire managed to successfully defend 258 runs against Leicestershire in their Royal London One-Cup face-off. With rain playing spoilsport in the encounter between Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire, Lancashire managed to overhaul challenge from Durham riding on a century from Dane Vilas.

As a result, Worcestershire, Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire have made it to the knock-out stage of Royal London Cup from the North Group after occupying the first three spots.

Lancashire 304 (Vilas 108) beat
Durham 276-9 (Richardson 58) by 28 runs
Royal London Cup, North Group, Chester-le-Street

Durham decided to field first on winning the toss. After a solid 59 run opening stand between Karl Brown (26) and Alex Davies (50), a triple strike from Paul Collingwood (3-43) dented Lancashire's momentum. Vilas (108) continued his rich vein of form and notched his second century in four games while Steven Croft (41) played a handy support to take the total to 304 for eight in the 50 overs.

In response, Durham were jolted early with James Anderson (1-65) and Kyle Jarvis (3-42) removing both the openers. Despite, best efforts from Mark Richardson (58) and Stuart Poynter (43), Durham could manage only 276 for nine. Lancashire and Durham are positioned fourth and fifth in the table for North Group after the result.

Worcestershire 218-5 (Mitchell 67) beat
Derbyshire 209-8 (Thakor 60) by five wickets
Royal London Cup, North Group, Derby

Worcestershire won the toss and decided to field first. A decision justified by early jolt from Ed Barnard (3-37) and a double strike from Joe Leach (2-43). Only Shiv Thakor (60) managed to cross a half-century as Derbyshire were reduced to 209 for eight from the allotted 36 overs due to rain.

Daryl Mitchell (67) and Tom Kohler-Cadmore (63) provided solid opening stand for Worcestershire with a 90-run opening stand that set the platform. Even though both fell after reaching their respective fifties, Worcestershire managed to reach the target in just 32 overs with five wickets in hand to seal the top position in the table.

Yorkshire 258-7 (Ballance 71) beat
Leicestershire 238 (Delport 68) by 20 runs
Royal London Cup, North Group, Leeds

Leicestershire won the toss and decided to field first. Regular fall of rain reduced the game to 45 overs per side. Even though Adam Lyth (52) looked solid, regular wickets from Gavin Griffiths (3-43) and Tom Wells (2-63) dented Yorkshire's momentum before Gary Ballance (71) played a solid 66-ball knock. Ballance was hitwicket in the 43rd over Azeem Rafiq (52 not out) played a 30-ball blistering knock to take the total to 258 for seven in the 45 overs.

Despite, losing Mark Pettini (0) early in the innings, Cameron Delport (68) and Ned Eckersley (46) consolidated the innings with a 107 run stand, which the middle order failed to capitalise and were bowled out for 238 runs in 42.4 overs. Karl Carver (3-24) was the pick of the Yorkshire bowlers as they occupied the second position in the table.

Northamptonshire 79-0 (Duckett 56no) v Nottinghamshire
Royal London Cup, North Group, Northampton

Nottinghamshire decided to field first on winning the toss. Northamptonshire openers Max Holden (23 not out) and Ben Duckett (56 not out) looked solid in the 14.4 overs of play possible scoring 79 for naught after which rain did not allow any further play as teams went on to share the points.

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