Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale hailed his players for a formidable performance that saw the Vikings qualify for the quarter-finals of the Royal London One Day Cup in pole position at the summit of their qualifying group.
Earlier in the day they put Hampshire to the sword at the Ageas Bowl bowling them out for 172 thanks to a spinning masterclass from Adil Rashid, with the Bradford leg-spinner finishing with figures of 5 for 33 from his 10 overs.
In reply, the White Rose batsmen made light work of their chase knocking the runs off with 127 balls remaining. Alex Lees showing why he is the hottest talent in the country with a top score of 61.
Captain Gale believes that his side on the verge of something special.
“We were pretty ruthless,” he said.
“I was thinking before the game how tricky Hampshire are as a side in one-day cricket usually. I know they have got their eye on finals day on Saturday, but in a game like this, it’s important you get over the line and you keep the momentum going.
“We wanted to get a home quarter-final as well so it’s an important victory.
“Whether it was a home or an away quarter-final, I was not really bothered because our home form has not been great in one-day or T20 cricket. I think the main thing about winning here was keeping our momentum and form going. Between now and the Old Trafford game in the Championship, there is not that much cricket. There was this game and the quarter-final so it is important that we keep the lads ticking away and in form.”
Yorkshire will take on Durham at Headingley on Thursday August 28 and Gale believes the match has the makings of a classic.
“It’s going to be massive for both teams really,” he added.
“Durham are probably out of the Championship race now so they’re probably looking at this competition for a trophy and we have not won a one-day final for a long time so we want to get through this quarter-final, then the semi-final and then get to a Lord’s final.
“That’s the aim. To still be in with a shout of two trophies going into the last month of the season is a great effort.”