YORKSHIRE booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Royal London One-Day Cup with the simplest of victories over Derbyshire at Scarborough today.
The Vikings, chasing just 152, won by ten wickets with 123 balls to spare to clinch a fifth Group A victory from seven matches, and they go down to Hampshire for their final group game next Thursday hoping to secure a home quarter-final thanks to a top-two finish.
Derbyshire surrendered meekly against an on-song bowling attack who took advantage of a pacy pitch with extra bounce.
There were a number of rash shots played as Rich Pyrah and Adil Rashid, who moved to 99 career List-A wickets, struck three times each, while Tim Bresnan and Steve Patterson added two apiece.
Pyrah’s haul of 3-25 from seven overs was the pick of the Yorkshire figures.
Such was Yorkshire’s dominance, they were able to face 12 overs in their chase before the interval as Alex Lees and Adam Lyth took the score to 64-0.
They knocked off the runs midway through the 30th over, with Lees finishing 69 not out and Lyth unbeaten on 67. They shared their second century opening partnership in this competition.
"We're playing some good cricket and, definitely, I think we can go all the way,” said captain Andrew Gale ahead of a quarter-final tie in the week starting August 25.
“We've shown that by beating most of the sides in the competition, albeit Essex played well the other day. Apart from that, we've played some good cricket.
“Maybe that Gloucester (their other defeat) game came at the right time and was a kick up the backside we needed.”
An unbeaten half-century for Lees means he enhanced his already notable record in all matches against Derbyshire, dating back to last season, to 472 runs in four innings without getting out.
Derbyshire’s misery was compounded when new-ball bowler Mark Footitt was ordered out of the attack towards the end of his fifth over following excessive short pitched and dangerous bowling.
Yorkshire return to LV= County Championship action after a month away against Sussex at Scarborough on Friday.