Yorkshire strode to a dominant 10-wicket victory over Derbyshire at Scarborough’s North Marine Road in group A of the Royal London One-Day Cup on Wednesday.
The Tykes just had too much for their opponets with bat and ball, as the job was comfortably polished off with 123 balls to spare.
The game was never in doubt after Yorkshire skipper Andrew Gale won the toss and elected to field.
Early in-roads were made as Wes Durston departed for one in the second over and experienced Aussie Marcus North went soon after. Both of whom were victims of Tim Bresnan’s pace and bounce.
Billy Godleman, Wayne Madsen and Alex Hughes rallied the Derbyshire troops, though none of the three managed to make an innings that would leave a lasting impression on the game.
Godleman was caught by Adam Lyth off the bowling of Richard Pyrah for 36, Madsen then became Pyrah’s second wicket for 20, leaving Derbyshire on 73-5 in the 19th over.
Adil Rashid’s introduction brought more woe for the visitors, as his swift haul of 3-45 took out the middle order.
Hughes finally fell for 43 from 90 balls trying to smash Steve Patterson for a second consecutive six, and as he trudged off so did Derbyshire’s hopes.
A late unbeaten 18 from Ben Cotton at least made things competitive as Derbyshire were reduced to 151 from their 41 overs of toil.
Things immediately seemed so much easier for the Tykes batters, with openers Alex Lees and Lyth soon forcing themselves on top.
When Mark Footitt was taken out of the attack in the ninth over for dangerous bowling, Yorkshire had moved beyond the 50 mark and the boundaries ropes were already being tested.
The Duckworth and Lewis abacus was called for as malevolent clouds began rolling over the Scarborough ground, but the elements soon cleared and Yorkshire closed things out.
To rub salt into Derbyshire’s already gaping wounds, leftys Lees and Lyth began to up the ante after a short rain break.
Former Scarborough batsman Lyth carved out a number of sweetly-struck fours from the bowling of Cotton, Hughes and Scott Elstone to push Yorkshire closer to their target.
It was up to Lees to score the winning runs though at the beginning of the 30th over, the decisive flashing four moving him to 69 from 99 balls including 10 fours.
Lyth ticked along at a swifter pace, with his 67, including eight fours and a six, came off 81 deliveries.