Game: Yorkshire v Northamptonshire, NatWest T20 Blast
Date: Thursday August 17, 2017
Venue: Emerald Headingley
Stage of the season: Yorkshire’s final North Group game of 2017
Yorkshire – A Lyth, T Kohler-Cadmore, DJ Willey, TT Bresnan, LE Plunkett, SE Marsh, GS Ballance c, S Ahmed w, AU Rashid, A Rafiq, SA Patterson
Northants – RE Levi, AM Rossington w, JJ Cobb, BM Duckett, AG Wakely c, RI Keogh, SP Crook, RK Kleinveldt, BW Sanderson, RJ Gleeson, Azharullah
Toss: Yorkshire, who elected to bat
Adam Lyth smashed a record-breaking 161 to help keep Yorkshire’s quarter-final hopes alive on a memorable night at Headingley. The defending champions were despatched in fearsome fashion courtesy of Lyth’s 73-ball effort, including 20 fours and seven sixes. The left-handed opener underpinned Yorkshire’s 260-4. Both his and the county’s total were English domestic T20 records and close to being world records. Azeem Rafiq then claimed 5-19 as Northants were bowled out for 136 in reply. It meant Yorkshire moved to second place in the North Group with 15 points from 14 games, although they had to wait 24 hours to see if they could hold onto a place in the top four for quarter-final qualification. Unfortunately, with a number of teams in striking distance below them and a game still in hand, they ended up being knocked out of the competition. But this was still a night which will live long in the memory.