Andrew Gale

“We were poor and below average.

“I thought we did really up until about 25 overs into the game. You have to give Worcester some credit. I thought they did really well – Cox and Rhodes.

“But it just about sums our tournament up. We couldn’t do the good things for long enough, and second half we were below par. As soon as we lost a couple of wickets, we were never in the game.

“I’m as frustrated as the lads in there. They’re down.

“I just don’t think we did what were doing well for long enough.

“Worcester showed us how to bowl there in the second half. If you bowl straight with the odd slower ball at Worcester, it’s hard to score. If you look at the wagon wheels, I can’t remember the seamers getting hit down the ground much. Our seamers have been scored off square of the wicket.

“We have to keep bowling straight and build pressure. Ultimately that will create another wicket or two, and you have them 100-6 and it’s a different game.

“You say to the players, ‘That’s par and it’s chasable’. But if we’re being honest, they shouldn’t have got 250 from the position we had them in.

“Anything over 250 was always going to be a tough chase, and we lost early wickets and momentum.”

5.33pm Poysden gone! He’s been caught behind off Parnell. 143 all out. Yorkshire lose by 150 runs and are out of knockout contention.

5.28pm Pillans gets a leading edge off Parnell to backward point for 31. 143-9.

5pm Ballance gone! Yorkshire are going to require something extraordinary to win this now as Ballance is lbw to D’Oliveira. It’s 108-7. 294 target.

4.53pm Bresnan gone! He’s been bowled by Barnard and Yorkshire are 100-6 in the 25th over and face a mountainous task to maintain their knockout hopes.

4.36pm OUT! Barnard bowls Leaning for 24. Yorkshire 84-4.

3.56pm Brook gone! He’s been trapped lbw by Parnell for nought. Yorkshire 46-2 in the 11th over.

3.30pm Yorkshire are 20-0 in the fifth over. Lyth has 13, Kohler-Cadmore 7.


Yorkshire have been set a target of 294 in their must win Royal London one-day Cup against fellow knockout chasers Worcestershire at New Road.

Steve Patterson, having been asked to bowl first by the Rapids on a used pitch, claimed three of the first four wickets as the hosts slipped into trouble at 62-4.

Centurion George Rhodes and Ben Cox, however, shared a Worcester record 169 for the fifth wicket, their county’s highest ever List A partnership for that wicket, to revive the innings.

Cox hit 87 off 86 balls and Rhodes went on to reach his maiden first-team century off 107 balls, finishing with 106 not out off 111 balls.

Patterson returned a superb 3-16 in his first seven overs and finished with 4-45 from nine.

Rhodes and Cox mixed power and invention after Patterson and Tim Bresnan (1-39 from 10 overs) put the skids under the home top order.

Mat Pillans claimed the other two wickets.

Yorkshire have to win this game in order to maintain their hopes of advancing out of the North Group with a top three finish.

1.48pm Ben Cox and George Rhodes, who have taken the score to 206-4 in the 42nd, and they have now shared in 144 for the fifth wicket, Worcester’s highest ever for that wicket in List A cricket.

1.27pm A trio of milestones for Worcester. Cox has 50 off 62 balls, a century stand with Rhodes 50 off 75 balls. 163-4 in the 37th.

12.55pm Worcester may be recovering on a slow and used pitch, with Rhodes and Cox sharing 51 unbroken. But Yorkshire remain on top. 113-4 after 28 overs.

12.39pm Worcester have moved to 88-4 in the 24th over. Rhodes has 21 and Cox has 7.

12.04pm Yorkshire claim their fourth wicket and are right on top of this game, despite it being a used pitch and nowhere near a 350 track. Patterson gets D’Oliveira caught at backward point by Ballance as Worcester fall to 62-4 in the 16th.

11.46am Fell gone! Having hit Patterson over mid-on for four, he tries to repeat the dose and miscues to mid-on (Pillans), 31. Worcester 56-2 in the 12th over.

11.20am Worcester have made a bright start at 30-0 in the sixth over on a used pitch.

10.33am Worcestershire have won the toss and will bat first.

Worcestershire: Fell, Wessels, Ferguson, D’Oliveira c, Cox w, Whiteley, Rhodes, Barnard, Parnell, Brown, Morris.

Yorkshire: Lyth, Kohler-Cadmore, Brook, Ballance, Leaning, Tattersall w, Bresnan, Pillans, Patterson c, Olivier, Poysden.

10.15am Around the grounds…..

The only three games today are in the North.

Warwickshire v Lancashire, Edgbaston
Worcestershire v Yorkshire, New Road
Leicestershire v Northamptonshire, Grace Road

Good morning from a gloriously sunny New Road, where Yorkshire are playing their penultimate North Group game against a Worcestershire side who are above them in the race for knockout qualification.

Yorkshire must win their final two games today and against Durham at Emerald Headingley on Monday and hope Derbyshire beat Worcester at Derby on Monday for them to qualify in the top three places.

The Vikings head into this clash on the back of a superb rain-affected win over Northamptonshire at Wantage Road on Wednesday night.

A win here would be their third of the group stage.

Worcester, meanwhile, have won four from their six games. They will field Australian batsman Callum Ferguson as their overseas player.

We start at 11am. Enjoy the day.

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