All-round Willey delivers for Yorkshire in unreal run-fest

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David Willey scored 131 and then picked up four wickets in the target defence. © Getty
A total of 742 runs were scored across 99 overs at Old Trafford, Manchester, where Yorkshire beat Lancashire by 16 runs in a must-win encounter to keep their qualification hopes alive. Now placed third on the table with nine points, Yorkshire need a win over Northamptonshire later this week to go through to the knockouts. Lancashire, with 7 points in 8 games, are already out of the tournament already.

Opting to bat first, Yorkshire hoisted their highest ever List A score against a county side, piling up 379 for 7 in the designated 50 overs. Tom Kohler-Cadmore’s departure for a nine-ball duck was followed by a stunning 235-run stand for the second wicket, which happened to be Yorshire’s third-highest for any wicket ever and delivered Adam Lyth (144 off 132) and David Willey (131 off 95) to their respective hundreds. The run-fest, in part actuated by the short boundaries towards the Stretford end, was helped by a few dropped catches, including Lyth’s on 117 and 127, which saw Lancashire conceding their highest ever List A score.

Chasing a record target of 380 runs, Lancashire lost regular opener Alex Davies early, but captain Liam Livingstone (79 off 44) and Keaton Jennings (69 off 70) combined to put up a 124-run stand, keeping their side in the game. But once Livingstone was caught off Liam Plunkett, the chase stuttered. Dane Vilas’s 34-ball 47 and a 33-ball 32 from Haseeb Hameed, who was demoted from his regular opening spot, weren’t enough in a tall chase. Willey, in association with Adil Rashid, scorched through the middle and lower order, partnering to pick seven wickets in a crucial win.

Brief Scores: Yorkshire 379/7 in 50 overs (Adam Lyth 144, David Willey 131; Matthew Parkinson 2-71, Tom Bailey 2-79) beat Lancashire 363 in 49 overs (Liam Livingstone 79, Keaton Jennings 69; David Willey 4-59, Adil Rashid 3-64) by 16 runs