Jonny Tattersall reflected on a topsy turvy Yorkshire performance as his side tasted defeat in today’s rainy Royal London Cup clash with Essex at Chelmsford, losing by 88 runs on DLS.

Tattersall was pleased with his side’s bowling performance as they battled back to restrict the Eagles to 240 all out having been 184-2.

Ultimately, though, their second defeat in five games came on the back of a frustrating top order batting collapse to 30-4 before rain curtailed proceedings with them on 76-6 from 19 overs.

Yorkshire slipped out of the top three places in Group B, replaced by Essex, who are a point ahead in the race for a top three finish and knockout qualification.

But the Vikings have a game in hand on the Eagles and three still to play, leading to Tattersall looking on the bright side of things: “It wasn’t meant to be, but it’s still in our hands,” he said.

“I thought we did really well first half.

“The pitch was used, but they were looking like they were going to post more than what they did. I thought the lads did well to stick at it.

“I felt, at times, we didn’t have a lot of luck when that partnership was going with Roelofsen and Westley. But they played nicely.

“When we managed to break it, they only put on another 60 or so after that.

“But we haven’t turned up with the bat. Snater bowled a good spell early doors, and unfortunately we’ve come out on the wrong end of it.

“If we’d have managed to ride that wave, we could have been walking away with the two points. But it wasn’t to be today.

“You have to give credit to them. I thought they bowled really well early on, and I thought there were some good deliveries that tested us.”

Tattersall added: “There were still some good signs on a challenging wicket. I think it might be the third time they’ve played on it. It was definitely going to tire. But we just didn’t do enough.

Yorkshire face Kent at Canterbury in their next game on Friday (11am).

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