Jonny does it again for Yorkshire

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Jonny Bairstow hit a ferocious 80 and Joe Root added a watchful 62 as lowly Yorkshire clinched a six-wicket win against bottom side Worcestershire at Headingley in their final Clydesdale Bank League Group A match.

Bairstow plundered his runs from 67 deliveries, with six fours and four sixes, as Yorkshire chased down their target of 231 with 11 balls to spare.

The wicketkeeper-batsman has notched a century and two half-centuries in his last three matches in the competition, and he and Root took the game away from Worcestershire with a rousing third-wicket partnership of 122 in 19 overs.

They came together at 51 for two after Joe Sayers and Adam Lyth, had both fallen to paceman Nick Harrison.

Root was happy to play the supporting role while Bairstow launched himself into a series of stunning shots, thrashing Gareth Andrew high over mid-wicket for six and taking a six and two fours off consecutive balls from Harrison. A cheeky reverse sweep by Root went for four before Bairstow cracked Moeen Ali for a mighty six over mid-on and drove with great power a boundary off leg-spin debutant Brett D’Oliveira, the grandson of Basil and son of Damian.

Bairstow perished when he sliced to D’Oliveira at backward point and Root continued to look solid until he became D’Oliveira’s maiden victim.