Tim-ber! Bresnan helps fell Worcestershire

Yorkshire's Richard Pyrah appeals for Worcestershire batsman Mitchell McClenaghan's wicket

Yorkshire's Richard Pyrah appeals for Worcestershire batsman Mitchell McClenaghan's wicket

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TIM Bresnan delivered his second impressive performance of the week to move Yorkshire closer to qualification for the Royal London One-Day Cup quarter-finals at Headingley.

The 29-year-old England all-rounder claimed 4-28 to help dismiss Worcestershire for 141 and Yorkshire completed a six-wicket victory with 19.4 overs remaining to move top of Group A on run-rate from Gloucestershire, with the top four of the two groups qualifying for the next stage.

Bresnan's outstanding display, which included wickets with successive balls, followed an equally eye-catching display at Northampton, when his final two overs went for only eight runs to help secure an equally emphatic six-wicket triumph.

"I do like one-day cricket, I do like the white ball and I don't particularly mind bowling in the powerplays, up top and at the death," admitted Bresnan.

"I find it an exciting challenge and if you bowl pretty well there's an opportunity to pick up wickets as well."

Bresnan set the tone for Yorkshire after Worcestershire won the toss and decided to bat first, and by the time he had completed a new ball spell of 7-2-24-3, they were struggling on 54-4.

Once Bresnan's spell was completed, Matthew Fisher maintained the pressure on Worcestershire's batsmen. Still only 16 and playing his first senior match of the summer as a replacement for the rested Steve Patterson, he won an lbw appeal against the dangerous Daryl Mitchell, while Adil Rashid choked their middle order with 3-21.

It took an adventurous 39-run last wicket stand between Joe Leach, who finished unbeaten on 43, and New Zealander Mitchell McClenaghan, to guide Worcestershire to a respectable total.

Yorkshire's reply started badly, with Lees, who scored his first one-day century for Yorkshire at Northampton, caught at mid-on trying to loft McClenaghan back over his head in the second over, while Kane Williamson was dropped by Kohler-Cadmore at first slip after he had made just one.

It was a crucial miss, with Williamson top-scoring with 43 off 23 balls and dominating a 50-run second-wicket partnership that was ended when Lyth edged Leach behind to begin a mini-collapse of three wickets in seven overs, but a confident unbeaten stand between Jack Leaning and Rashid secured their comprehensive triumph.

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