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Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 May, 2005, 17:29 GMT 18:29 UK
Yorkshire overcome Royals battle
C&G Trophy, second round, Headingley
Yorkshire 241-9 beat Worcestershire 227-8 by 14 runs

Yorkshire celebrate another wicket
Yorkshire's Harvey celebrates another wicket
A knock of 74 from Anthony McGrath and tight bowling from Matthew Hoggard helped Yorkshire beat Worcestershire by 14 runs in the C&G Trophy second round.

After the early loss of Ian Harvey, Deon Kruis and Matthew Wood settled the Tykes' nerves with a 70-run stand.

McGrath then hit 74 from 97 balls as the Tykes posted a healthy 241-9.

Zander de Bruyn and Kabir Ali gave the Royals hope with a 117-partnership, but Hoggard, with 0-29 from 10 overs, helped hold the visitors to 227-8.

Other good performances came from Yorkshire's Harvey and Craig White and Worcestershire's Chaminda Vaas and De Bruyn, all of whom picked up three wickets.

It was former England all-rounder White, the leading one-day wicket-taker in the country, who swung things and took his tally to 17.

"We are really enjoying it, it is a great team spirit, everyone is enjoying each other's company and it is just a pleasure to play at the moment," revealed White.

"I can't get here to the ground quick enough in a morning. The atmosphere is as good as I can remember in a long time.

"There is no pressure from me. If you have a bad day so what, you pull it around next day. That has been the attitude.

"With that total we always knew we were in the game and when they required seven and eight an over they had left themselves a lot to do."

Ali, who will probably play for England in this summer's NatWest Series, explained his promotion to number four.

"I was told to put my pads on, basically sent to pinch-hit but then Graeme Hick got out and then it was best just to push it around a bit," said Ali.

"I have worked on a few little areas of my batting and that is an area I realise I can better to improve my chances with England."


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