Yorkshire break finals day duck
Yorkshire reached the Friends Life t20 Finals Day for the first time with a stunning display of power hitting seeing off Worcestershire Royals by 29 runs in an entertaining quarter-final at Headingley.
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Half-centuries from Joe Root and South Africa's David Miller were added to by Gary Ballance's 46 not out off 20 balls as the hosts racked up 212 for five, just one run short of their highest score in the history of the competition.
Australian Phil Hughes matched his opponents with a blistering unbeaten 80 off 53 balls but compatriot Mitchell Starc led the way with the ball for Yorkshire with three wickets for 24 runs to restrict their visitors to 183 for six.
A superb unbeaten 79 from Neil McKenzie edged Hampshire through with a last-ball victory over the Nottinghamshire Outlaws at Trent Bridge.
The visitors looked up against it when they were reduced to 78 for five at the halfway stage of their reply as Samit Patel (three wickets for 26 runs) turned the screw to follow up his 60 with the bat.
But McKenzie, who batted with a runner in the latter stages after pulling up following a sharp single, kept his cool in the closing over to smash three boundaries from Andy Carter's bowling and guide his side home.
The former South Africa international put on an unbeaten 54 with Dimitri Mascarenhas (19 not out) at the death to follow a crucial 50 stand with Liam Dawson (30). It ensured knocks of 39 from Notts' Michael Lumb and 33 from Adam Voges were in vain.
Finals day draw
Somerset v Hampshire
Yorkshire v Sussex
Finals day takes place at Glamorgan's SWALEC Stadium on Saturday, August 25, with the order of the semi-finals to be determined in the coming days.