Yorkshire Vikings enjoyed a comfortable evening at the County Ground as they defeated the Northamptonshire Steelbacks by six wickets in the Royal London One-Day Cup.
In a strong display, the visitors kept the Steelbacks to a below par total and then made short work of it in their reply, despite losing a handful of late wickets, as Adam Lyth and Alex Lees ran amok.
The hosts’ 209/7 was overhauled in the 34th over as Lees reeled off his maiden List A century which highlighted his side’s dominance.
In a contest reduced to 38 overs per side because of a late start, having been put in a pitch with a healthy tinge of green, the hosts made a poor start as Stephen Peters edged his first ball from Tim Bresnan behind. Kyle Coetzer was put down at second slip off the next delivery but he didn’t last long as Jack Brooks found his inside edge.
There was enough movement to hint at more inroads being made but Richard Levi and Adam Rossington combined tidily to prevent further blood-letting. The score had been moved to 90 before Levi was caught at the wicket off Steven Patterson but Rossington, who continued to build on the strong impression made since arriving on loan from Middlesex, proceeded to a 55-ball half century and alongside Ben Duckett a solid platform was laid.
However the pair, for 75 and 45 respectively, departed close to one another and this resulted in a brake of sorts being applied. Richard Pyrah was able to pick up some cheap wickets and with only 50 being taken from the final 10 overs of the innings, the final tally of 209-7 looked a touch on the light side.
Having shared an opening partnership of 375 on the same ground when the two sides met in the LV= County Championship back in May, Lyth and Lees tucked in again and when the former reached a run-a-ball 50 in the 16th over, 90 had been ticked off.
Lees’ own half-century, scored from 53 deliveries, arrived shortly after and he upped a gear to such an extent that he moved from 35 to 85 in the time his partner advanced from 50 to 55. It was disspiriting stuff for the hosts who were having their weakened attack treated with something akin to disdain and although Lees fell shortly after he made it to three figures and three more wickets fell in a few minutes, the end wasn’t long in coming.