Brave Yorks just beaten

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A fourth-wicket stand of 111 between Adam Lyth and Gary Ballance followed by some remarkable hitting from Jonny Bairstow brought about a dramatic change in fortunes for Yorkshire in their CB40 Group A match at Headingley, but they still went down by six wickets to new leaders Middlesex.

After barely playing a shot in anger in struggling to 53 for three of 16 overs, Yorkshire then blasted their way to 196 for seven off the next 15 in a game reduced to 31 overs a side because of rain.

Middlesex were equal to the task, however, and they eased their way to their target with an over to spare, Paul Stirling and Chris Rogers racking up half-centuries.