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Harry Duke became Yorkshire’s second youngest century maker in List A cricket as he helped secure a stunning Royal London Cup win chasing 328 against Leicestershire at the Uptonsteel County Ground, Grace Road.

Duke, 19 years and 322 days, opened the batting in only his second appearance in this format and led a brilliant and measured pursuit with 125 off 130 balls, including 12 fours.

He was well supported by Will Fraine (45), Gary Ballance (43) and former England Under 19s team-mate George Hill, who finished with an excellent unbeaten 90 off 81 balls in his second game.

They shared 172 inside 33 overs for the third wicket.

The win was secured by seven wickets with 13 balls remaining as the Vikings survived earlier hundreds by Marcus Harris and Lewis Hill in the Foxes commanding 327-7 in excellent batting conditions.

Matthew Waite took a career best 5-59, including four wickets in the last eight overs of the home innings.

But wicketkeeper Duke, busy and inventive, provided the key performance to write his name into the record books behind a certain Sachin Tendulkar, who was 19 years and 100 days when he scored 107 against Lancashire in 1992.

Only twice before have Yorkshire chased more than this.

In 2017 they chased 336 to beat Durham at Emerald Headingley and in 2009 they reeled in 330 against Surrey at the Oval.

A real feature was Duke-led Yorkshire’s ability to keep the scoreboard ticking to ensure the required rate was always in control.

Victory followed Thursday’s loss against Surrey at Scarborough, the venue of their next game against Northamptonshire on Wednesday.

Australian overseas batsman Harris made 127 off 130 balls and captain Hill posted 108 off 100 for Leicestershire.

Things started encouragingly as Waite bowled George Rhodes off an inside edge after five balls following the hosts decision to bat.

Fellow seamer Matthew Revis then had Rishi Patel (24) well caught by a diving Ballance at cover, leaving the score at 49-2 in the 11th.

But things were about to get tougher for bowlers.

Harris and Hill united for 32 overs to put their side on top, with their 212-run partnership falling five short of becoming the highest ever recorded against Yorkshire.

Harris was happy knocking ones and twos and picking off the odd boundary and six – he hit two of the latter.

Hill was actually the punchier of the two.

By the time Harris reached his maiden career List A hundred off 114 balls, Leicestershire were 216-2 in the 38th.

When Hill followed him to three figures off 96, the score was 287-4 in the 46th.

Waite, the most expensive White Rose bowler, returned nicely at the death to get Harris caught at backward point and Hill caught at deep square-leg, also removing Arron Lilley and Louis Kimber.

The Vikings could have been better in the field, but so could Leicester.

They made an excellent start to their chase courtesy of Fraine, who then edged Chris Wright’s seam behind as the score fell to 61-1 in the 10th.

That brought Ballance and Duke together.

Duke was strong off the back foot and inventive on the way to a 57-ball fifty, by which time Yorkshire were 139-1 in the 22nd over. The pair went on to share 86 inside 14 overs.

Ballance will have been particularly frustrated to miscue a wide ball from the left-arm seam of Dieter Klein to short third-man as the score fell to 147-2 in the 23rd.

But George Hill settled to provide former England Under19s team-mate Duke with valuable support.

They took the score to 188-2 after 30 overs, with 140 still needed.

Duke reverse scooped Wright for four to move to 89 and the score to 224-2 in the 35th over.

Hill then reached his maiden fifty in, like Duke, his second game off 50 balls, getting there with a straight six off the leg-spin of Rehan Ahmed. He had been dropped on 12.

As the target got closer and Leicester heads dropped, runs came at a greater rate.

Hill hit a second six and had moved into the eighties by the time Yorkshire reached 303-2 in the 44th over, with only 25 more needed.

Duke was bowled pulling at Ed Barnes, leaving the score at 319-3 in the 46th over, but Jonny Tattersall hit the winning runs in the 48th. Hill finished with eight fours and two sixes.

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