Adam Lyth was delighted with Yorkshire’s 16-run win over Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford, but the opening batsman insists there is still room for improvement as the Royal London one-day Cup reaches crunch time.
Yorkshire prevailed in a high-scoring contest to record their fourth win from seven North Group outings.
They sit third in the table on nine points and know a win in their final game against Northamptonshire, who are out of contention are expected to be under strength as a result, at Emerald Headingley on Thursday will qualify them for the knockout stages.
Lyth hit a career best 144 against the Red Rose to underpin a record-breaking 379-7 before the hosts responded with 363 all out, slipping from 215-2 at halfway.
Lyth said: “It was a fantastic win. It was a bit too close for my liking, but a win’s a win.
“I thought the first half, especially, we were fantastic.
“One more win on Thursday against Northants (secures knockout qualification).
“Hopefully we can keep batting like we have done.
“We knew Lancashire were going to come at us, and we just got it wrong for about a 10-over period. That’s too long when they have some fantastic players.
“I don’t want to put a downer on it, but we can be a good 10-15 percent better with the ball. If we were, we would have won that 70 or 80 runs.
“We also dropped two catches, myself and Liam Plunkett.”
Lyth scored a List A hundred last time Yorkshire were here in 2016 and has five in his career. Four of those have come since the start of 2016, with only Warwickshire pair Jonathan Trott and Sam Hain (six apiece) scoring more in that period.
But Lyth hailed second-wicket partner David Willey, who hit 131 amidst a second-wicket stand of 235.
“Dave was fantastic,” he said. “He comes in at three for a bit of a pinch-hitting role, but he said ‘It’s a good wicket, I’m going to bat some time’.
“I was going well at the other end, and it gave him five or six overs to work out the pitch and his scoring shots. When he got past 25, he was sublime.”
Lyth added: “We knew coming here that two wins would get us through. If we can, we’ll see who we get.”
Meanwhile, the match aggregate of 742 runs is the highest Yorkshire have ever been involved in.