One-Day Cup: Alex Lees hits ton as Yorkshire beat Northants
|Royal London One-Day Cup, Wantage Road|
|Yorkshire 213-4 (34 overs) beat Northants 209-7 (38 overs) by six wickets|
Opener Alex Lees scored a century as Yorkshire eased to a six-wicket One-Day Cup victory over Northants.
Rain reduced the game to 38 overs each and Northants slipped to 17-2 as they lost Stephen Peters for a golden duck.
Adam Rossington (75) and Ben Duckett (45) rebuilt the innings, but Rich Pyrah (3-50) took three wickets in 11 balls to restrict the hosts to 209-7.
Lees (102) and Adam Lyth (84) put on 195 and, despite a very late wobble, Yorkshire won with four overs left.
The visitors looked set to coast to a 10-wicket victory, but Lees fell to Matthew Spriegel with them 15 short of their victory target.
Kane Williamson made just four and he was out with only five required, but Yorkshire's stutter did not end there, despite the winning line being within touching distance.
Lyth was dismissed by James Middlebrook (2-36) with the scores level and Jack Leaning followed next ball for a golden duck.
Yorkshire then played out seven dot balls, before Andrew Gale's boundary secured his side a second one-day victory of the season.
Northants batsman Adam Rossington:
"It's always nice to score runs, but obviously I'd have preferred to have come away with two points and it was a little bit disappointing overall.
"They bowled well up front and we might have been 10 or 15 light, but I don't think we were too far off the mark.
"All credit to them. They had two guys who played really well and got big scores, but we didn't set the right tone and the game got away from us."
Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale:
"Overall, we probably dominated 80 to 90 per cent of the game and, when you do that in a one-day game, you're going to win more than you lose.
"It would've been nice to get through none down. That could've been a tricky chase and had we been chasing 230 or 240 or lost wickets early, that could've been tricky.
"The two lads (Lyth and Lees) are in excellent form and showed why they're on top of their game at the minute."