Shan Masood’s excellent 96 off 129 balls underpinned Yorkshire’s 253 all out in today’s final Metro Bank One-Day Cup group match against Middlesex at Radlett Cricket Club.
The Vikings captain, batting at three, led the recovery from 29-3 after 10 overs on a two-paced pitch in leafy Hertfordshire after the visitors had elected to bat.
This was Masood’s best score in a Yorkshire shirt, beating the unbeaten 95 he scored against Derbyshire at Chesterfield in June’s Championship victory.
A much-changed batting line-up has accrued what looks to be a challenging total in a game involving two counties already out of knockout contention.
Harry Duke has opened the batting for the entirety of this competition but made way and later finished the innings from number seven, adding a quick-fire 31.
Matthew Revis and Dom Bess, batting at five and six, both impressed with 51 apiece after new opening pair James Wharton and Will Luxton fell cheaply to new ball seamers Blake Cullen and Ethan Bamber.
Masood was measured, with those around him showing more aggression.
The Pakistan international gained the 84 he needed to reach 5,000 List A runs in his 112th career appearance in front of a crowd in the region of 2,000 on the outskirts of Watford.
Revis, Bess and Duke all hit sixes before seamer Ryan Higgins struck four times in the last over to finish with 4-39.
Yorkshire started the final over on 252-6, with Masood one of those to fall lbw.
Seamers Ben Cliff and Dom Leech have come in for this fixture in place of Ben Coad and George Hill.