Jason Gillespie, Yorkshire’s head coach, admitted he was delighted with the manner in which Gary Ballance scored his century and guided Yorkshire to a competitive total.
“It’s nice to get a win in this competition,” he said. “We’ve not been at our best in this competition for various reasons and the one thing we’ve talked about throughout is someone going out and getting a score and Gary Ballance was outstanding today.
“We have seen a great innings and a great partnership between Ballance and Lees and the most pleasing thing was that those two lads didn’t allow the Unicorns spinners to settle today in the middle overs, which we have struggled with this season. They kept that intent and today was one of the few times we’ve gone out and done that well.”
Gillespie was also delighted for young off-spinning all-rounder Jack Leaning, whco claimed five for 22 in his first bowl in the competition this season.
“I spoke to him yesterday and told him and Adam Lyth were going to have the spin duties today and they stepped up. It was a great result for Jack to get five for 22, great figures for him. He will feel pretty good about that after missing out with the bat.”