Knockout cricket remains a very real possibility for Yorkshire, and Mat Pillans says he and his team-mates are sure they can complete the job.

Yorkshire are one of six teams chasing the top three places in Group B, with leaders Glamorgan on eight points after six games and sixth-placed Surrey on six from five.

The Vikings are in the thick of that bunch, fifth placed to be precise, on six points from six games.

Their latest point was achieved courtesy of a rainy No Result against Nottinghamshire at York today, a game which saw only 33 overs bowled.

Notts were 185-5 when play was halted for the second time at 2.30pm, with Pillans boasting impressive figures of 4-26 from six overs.

The South African overseas pacer claimed four wickets in a three-over burst as Notts fell from 146-0 to 165-5 – his second four-for in six 50-over games this summer.

Given the log-jam nature of the qualification race, it may be that Yorkshire have to win their last two games to secure qualification out of the group.

They face Derbyshire at Chesterfield on Sunday, a team who have only won once in six games and are out of the running. They then travel to Cardiff on Thursday to face current pacesetters Glamorgan.

“We can definitely qualify, as you’ve seen with the performances the lads have put in,” said Pillans.

“If we can string those types of performances together again in the next two games, and we get full games in, we’ll be in for a good shout.

“The lads are confident and ready to go for the last two games.”

Pillans got both Notts openers Sol Budinger and Ben Slater, who made 71 and 74 respectively, to continue a highly impressive personal campaign, which has yielded eight wickets in five appearances.

The former Surrey man added: “It’s always nice to get a few wickets under my belt, but ultimately it would have been nice to get a game in to get a result. Unfortunately, not today.

“But as long as the team comes out with the win, it doesn’t matter whether I take wickets or get smacked all over.”

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