Lumb secures Yorkshire's progress
Yorkshire 270 (Lumb 89, Harvey 74) beat Northants 237 (Afzaal 57) by 33 runs
Michael Lumb and Ian Harvey made 89 and 74 respectively to guide Yorkshire into the semi-finals of the C&G Trophy, where they face a tricky South-Coast tie against Hampshire. In the other half of the draw, Warwickshire drew Lancashire at home, to keep alive the prospect of a Rose clash in the final at Lord's on September 3.
Northants won the toss and chose to bowl first, and their decision made instant dividends when Matthew Wood fell for a duck. Lumb and Harvey, however, added 93 for the third wicket to stabilise the innings, with Harvey emerging from a shaky start to flail the bowling in his customary exuberant fashion.
When he fell to Ben Phillips, Anthony McGrath chipped in with an important 38, but his dismissal triggered a late wobble as Johann Louw got stuck into the tail. Tim Bresnan was run out for a duck, before Lumb holed out to Bilal Shafayat on the long-on boundary.
Yorkshire's eventual total of 270 was more or less par, but the way Shafayat and Martin Love launched the innings, it looked as though Northants would cruise to victory. They added 73 for the first wicket in even time, with Matthew Hoggard once again taking some tap in the shorter form of the game, and when they fell, Usman Afzaal took over with a hard-hitting 57.
Yorkshire, however, regained control as Hoggard struck twice in his final spell, before Harvey, who had been severely punished in his first spell of two overs, got stuck into the tail. Northants' challenge had fizzled out long before Steffan Jones was run out with 11 balls of the innings remaining.
C&G Trophy semi-final draw
Warwickshire v Lancashire
Hampshire v Yorkshire