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Yorkshire cruise into C&G semis
C&G Trophy quarter-final, Headingley:
Yorkshire 270 beat Northamptonshire 237 by 33 runs

Michael Lumb
Lumb's innings helped Yorkshire to a good total

Yorkshire advanced to the semi-finals of the C&G Trophy for the second year in a row with a convincing 33-run win over Northamptonshire at Headingley.

The hosts posted 270 after losing the toss, with Man of the Match Michael Lumb and Ian Harvey hitting fifties.

Lumb's 108-ball 89 included five fours and two sixes, while opener Harvey hit 10 boundaries in his 74 off 84 balls.

England paceman Matthew Hoggard took 2-49 - including Usman Afzaal for 57 - as Northants were out in the 48th over.

They looked to be cruising on 163-2, but Hoggard's removal of Tim Roberts started a slide that saw the last eight wickets fall for 74 runs.

Harvey overcame an early pummeling to return 2-46, but it was at the start of the day with the bat that his impact was first felt.

The Aussie was unusually watchful early on before increasing the tempo, reaching his half-century from 61 deliveries.

It was a good win and everyone put in
Yorkshire's Richard Dawson

He pulled and cut with vigour before falling to a soft dismissal when he misjudged a slow full-toss from Ben Phillips and lobbed a catch to mid-wicket.

Yorkshire were indebted to his contribution and that of Lumb, who departed in a frantic finale that saw seven wickets fall in the final six overs for 43 runs.

Once under way, Lumb pushed on to find the gaps regularly as well as striking a mighty six off Phillips' medium pace.

However, he ran out of gas in the closing stages to be caught at long-on moments after fourth-wicket partner Anthony McGrath (38) holed out in similar fashion.

Aussie seamer Damien Wright ousted Lumb in a fine return of 3-39, but Johann Louw was expensive for his 3-65.

Each of Northants' top four got starts in a run-chase that began very promisingly.

Martin Love and Bilal Shafayat put on 73 for the first wicket before the latter fell lbw to Tim Bresnan for 33.

The tide started to turn when, 15 runs later, Love perished to a run-out for 42 off 49 balls.

The third wicket restored order for the visitors with a 75-run stand, but Hoggard returned to the attack to have Roberts lbw for 31 and Afzaal caught.

The losses knocked the stuffing out of Northants, with skipper David Sales and Rikki Wessels going cheaply soon after.

Northants' day was summed up when Wright fell to a stumping off McGrath that ricocheted off keeper Ismail Dawood's pads, and their last rites were not long in coming.

Stand-in Yorkshire captain Richard Dawson, whose run-out of Phillips ended the match, said: "It was a good win and everyone put in.

"We were a bit up and down but the boys stuck to it in and the win came our way."

Sales admitted Northants had no excuses.

"We are very disappopinted. They outbatted us, outbowled us and outfielded us," he said.

Yorkshire will travel to the Rose Bowl to face Hampshire in the semi-finals, while Warwickshire will host Lancashire in the other knockout match.

Both ties are to be played on 20 August.




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