Yorkshire took a giant step towards qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Friends Life t20 Cup by beating Lancashire by 19 runs in front of a 10,350 crowd at Headingley.
- Related Content
The victory was their fifth in seven matches in the North Group and it left them four points ahead of their Roses rivals - who have a game in hand. The two sides meet again at Old Trafford next Friday.
Yorkshire, put in to bat, were 60 for three after 10 overs - losing all three batsmen to boundary catches.
However, they were then propelled to their final total of 180 for six by a hurricane stand of 91 in 7.1 overs between David Miller and Gary Ballance.
It was a Yorkshire record in Twenty-20 cricket for the fifth wicket and it rapidly turned a modest score into a highly competitive one, Lancashire keeping abreast of the rate for a while before losing momentum to finish on 161 for five.
The Miller-Balance run feast ended in the final over when Ballance mishit Tom Newby and Stephen Parry held on to a steepler to send the batsman back for 42 from 23 balls with six fours and a six.
Then man-of-the-match Miller was run out for a fiercely struck 54 from just 30 balls with four fours and three sixes.
It was a game of mixed fortunes for Lancashire pace bowler Yasir Arafat, who became the first bowler in English domestic Twenty20 cricket to take 100 wickets when he had opener Adam Lyth caught by Tom Smith diving forward at mid-on.
But Arafat later came in for some severe punishment and his final figures of one wicket for 55 runs from four overs were the most expensive conceded by a Lancashire bowler in the history of the competition.
The visitors made a poor start to their chase as Stephen Moore was comprehensively bowled by Mitchell Starc in the Aussie paceman's first over.
Smith showed plenty of appetite for the fight by planting consecutive balls from off-spinner Joe Root over long-on for six in an over which cost 19.
Smith also spooned Richard Pyrah high over square leg for another maximum but having made 33 from 18 balls with two fours and three sixes he was athletically caught at the second attempt by acting captain Azeem Rafiq at backward point.
Steven Croft and Karl Brown took up the challenge in determined fashion, each striking Adil Rashid for six in the same over, but the runs began to dry up when the economical Rafiq brought himself into the attack.
Lancashire were still in with a shout with 58 wanted from five overs -
but their hopes were dashed as Root held on to Brown on the boundary edge, throwing the ball into the air before stepping over the rope and then catching it again when he re-entered the field of play. Brown had thumped 46 from 35 deliveries with four fours and a six.
Horton was bowled by Moin Ashraf in the penultimate over and Croft's courageous 56 from 68 balls with four fours and a six was ended by Starc, who had him caught at mid-off by Ballance.
Yorkshire were without Ryan Sidebottom - who will be out for up to four weeks with a calf strain - but they were able to include Jonny Bairstow, who was released by England to play in the match.