James O’Conner’s unbeaten 75 led Yorkshire’s D40 side to a season opening National League victory over Northamptonshire yesterday.

A captain’s innings from O’Conner helped the county’s senior disability side reel in a target of 135 in a 40-over clash in the South Midlands, with other valuable contributions key to Sunday success.

The skipper shared partnerships of 61 for the first wicket with Cameron Groves and then a match-clinching 74 with Owen Morris, who finished 12 not out.

Groves had hit 19 in his first innings as a Yorkshire opener before victory was confirmed in the 22nd over.

Earlier, Northants posted 134-6 as Edward Denton, Cameron Cooper, Alex Jervis and John Kenward Nash all struck, added to two run outs. Cooper’s scalp was a notable one of England Learning Disability player Kester Sainsbury.

Yorkshire’s next fixture is against Derbyshire at Higham CC on May 29.

The county’s Learning Disability players Henry Wainman, Alex Jervis and Robert Hewitt now turn their attentions to England’s Ashes tour of Australia next month.

*The Northamptonshire fixture was sponsored by Woodstock Cricket.

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