Yorkshire survived a superb 129 from Lancashire’s Karl Brown to start their Royal London one-day Cup Group A campaign with an entertaining 47-run win at Emirates Old Trafford.
Half centuries for Kane Williamson and Alex Lees were the main features of Yorkshire’s imposing 324 for seven on a true pitch, their best ever total against Lancashire in all List A cricket, after Andrew Gale had elected to bat.
Lancashire then slipped to 57 for three in the 15th over of their reply before Brown smashed a career best 129 off 99 balls, including nine fours and four sixes.
When he departed to leave the score at 250 for six in the 43rd over, the home innings subsided to 277 all out in the 47th. Tim Bresnan and Adil Rashid took two wickets each and there were three run outs.
Williamson and Lees, who hit 70 off 82 balls and 66 off 73 respectively, shared 82 in 15.1 overs for the second wicket.
There was an argument to suggest that Yorkshire could have posted more having reached 151 for two at halfway, including an opening stand of 69 in 9.5 between Lees and Adam Lyth (46).
Williamson and Andrew Gale (38) added 72 in 13.4 for the third as the visitors moved to 223 for three in the 39th but it took to a powerful cameo of 32 off 16 balls from Bresnan at the death to get them above 320.
Still, Yorkshire would have been far the happier of the two camps at halfway even though Lancashire, largely off colour in the field, took four wickets in the last ten overs, including two for Kabir Ali.
All of Yorkshire’s seven wickets to fall were caught and five of them to either mid off, mid on or long on.
Usman Khawaja and Ashwell Prince fell in successive overs from the Pavilion End to Bresnan and Lyth’s part time off spin as Lancashire slipped to 51 for two in the 12th over as their chase failed to get off the ground.
Khawaja was well caught by Lyth running back from mid wicket off a top edged pull before Lyth himself, only introduced for one over, got Prince caught at mid on having conceded eight off the previous four balls.
A forgettable 20 off 54 balls from Alex Davies at the top of the order was ended in the 15th over when he mistimed Steve Patterson to mid on with 57 on the board.
Fourth wicket pair Brown and Paul Horton (38) positively steadied the ship with a stand of 103 inside 17 overs before the latter was run out backing up by a Rich Pyrah deflection with 160 on the board in the 31st.
Steven Croft was also run out, this time going for two to long-leg, before Brown brought up his an 82-ball century with seven fours and two sixes. However, he fell shortly afterwards when he was bowled by a Jack Brooks slower ball with the score at 250 for six in the 43rd with 75 still needed.
And that was the beginning of the beginning of the end as it was the first of three wickets to fall in three and a half overs as Rashid got Wayne White and Jordan Clark to leave Lancashire at 271 for eight in the 46th. They did not recover.
Half-centuries from Alex Lees and Kane Williamson helped Yorkshire make an impressive start to their Royal London one-day Cup opener against Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford today.
The pair hit 66 and 70 as the Vikings posted their highest ever total against the Lightning in List A cricket, 324-7 from their 50 overs. It was also the highest total Lancashire have ever conceded on this ground.
There were also useful contributions from Adam Lyth (46), Andrew Gale (38) and Tim Bresnan (32) as Yorkshire topped 300 in an innings for the 19th time on a belter of a pitch. Kabir Ali finished with 3-77 from his ten overs.