Worcestershire win to boost hopes of reaching One-Day Cup playoffs

Worcestershire’s emphatic 150-run victory over Yorkshire Vikings in the One-Day Cup propelled them into second and a playoff position in the North Group but Lancashire’s DLS loss to Warwickshire dented their aims of reaching the knockout stage of this seasons tournament.

The Vikings, needing to win to keep alive their own desires to reach the playoffs, were set 294 to chase but South African Wayne Parnell’s brilliant five-wicket haul saw the visitors bundled out for 143 in 33 overs at New Road. SCORECARD

Yorkshire began their chase well but Parnell dismissed both openers, having Adam Lyth (22) caught behind before trapping Henry Brook lbw for a second-ball duck and then bowled Tom Kohler-Cadmore (31) to reduce the visitors to 67-3.

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Jack Leaning (24), wicketkeeper James Tattersall (12) and Matt Pillans (31) were the only other batsmen to make double figures but Pillans becoming Parnell’s fourth scalp when he was caught at backward point and Josh Poysden was caught for a first-ball duck to complete the allrounder’s fifth List A five-fer.

Worcestershire’s innings hinged on a crucial 169-run fifth-wicket partnership between Gary Rhodes (106) and wicketkeeper Ben Cox (87), who struck 23 boundaries between them, that pushed the hosts to to 293-7 after they had fallen to 62-4. SCORECARD

Meanwhile, a brilliant unbeaten 84 from Sam Hain for already eliminated Warwickshire saw Lancashire fall to a five-wicket (DLS) loss at Edgbaston.

Chasing a revised 255 from 45 overs following rain, Hain’s 111-run fourth-wicket partnership with Liams Banks (61) put the hosts on course for just their second win in the One-Day Cup this season after James Anderson’s (3-21) three scalps had reduced Warwickshire to 62-3.

When Banks fell to Graham Onions, the home side required 82 off eight overs and though Chris Woakes made a quickfire 20 off 16 balls before being caught off Saqib Mahmood, it was wicketkeeper Alex Mellor’s 30 off 13 balls – which included two fours and two huge sixes – that ensured Warwickshire sealed the win with three balls spare.

With one match remaining for Worcestershire, the win over Yorkshire moved them onto 10 points, level with Lancashire, but Dane Vilas’ side sit in third with a inferior net run rate and have played all 14 of their group matches.

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Nottinghamshire, who currently top the North Group with 11 points, play Northamptonshire, Worcestershire travel to Derbyshire – live on Sky Sports – while Durham, who are in fourth place with nine points, face Yorkshire in their final group games on Monday, May 6.

With Leicestershire and Northamptonshire rooted to the bottom of the North Group having picked up just a single win from six matches, they were both looking for a morale-boosting win with Alex Wakley opting to bat first. SCORECARD

Richard Keogh and Ben Curran shared the vital partnership, putting on 154 runs for the fifth wicket that was only ended when the latter was run out for a career-best 69 pushing for two – after hitting his maiden first-class half-century.

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