Yorkshire’s women are heading to Finals Day across the Pennines this weekend.
Beth Langston’s side will head to Northern CC, Liverpool, on Sunday to fight it out to be one of the eight regional champions in the ECB’s County T20 competition.
The top four teams in each of the eight groups across the country have all qualified for respective Finals Days.
In Group One, Lancashire, who finished top, Yorkshire second, Derbyshire third and Nottinghamshire fourth will all travel to Merseyside this weekend.
Yorkshire won four of their six group games, including beating the Northern Representative XI at Weetwood on Monday morning. Unfortunately, they were then beaten by Lancashire’s women, who claimed their sixth successive victory.
The Red Rose county included England all-rounder Emma Lamb, back in domestic action after being part of the recent one-day World Cup in New Zealand.
Yorkshire won the morning game at Weetwood by six runs against the Northern Rep side. Batting first, Langston’s middle order 30 not out off 33 balls was the feature of her side’s 117-7.
In reply, the Rep side, including Northern Diamonds all-rounder Abi Glenn, fell narrowly short at 111-2. Beth Slater (0-12 from four overs) and Hollie Armitage (1-21 from four overs) both bowled tight spells to help secure the four points which booked Yorkshire’s place at Finals Day.
In the afternoon game, against Lancashire, Yorkshire lost by nine wickets having posted 109-8.
Diamonds captain Armitage top-scored with 44 off 31 balls, while Langston also made 26.
In reply, the game was put beyond the home side’s reach as openers Lamb (36) and Georgie Boyce, who made an unbeaten 64 off 44 balls, shared a quick-fire partnership of 103.
Lancashire’s victory was secured with 7.1 overs remaining.
At Finals Day, Yorkshire will play Derbyshire and Lancashire play Nottinghamshire in the morning semi-finals at the two-pitch Liverpool Competition venue.