Yorkshire’s hopes of making the knock-out stages of the Clydesdale Bank 40 are all but over after a 76-run defeat against Sussex last night at Hove.
The Sharks were in danger of blowing the platform provided by Chris Nash’s half-century when they lost their seventh wicket at 187 in the 36th over.
But Ben Brown and Naveed Arif launched a superb fightback during the batting powerplay, plundering 59 runs off 28 balls to take their side to 246 for seven.
Yorkshire were always up against it after losing skipper Andrew Gale to the third ball of the reply and lost wickets regularly thereafter before being dismissed in the 35th over for 170 - to the delight of a crowd of 4,800.
Nash, celebrating his call-up to the England Lions one-day squad next month, hit eight fours and a six in his 84-ball 79 before he was bowled through the gate by Richard Pyrah.
He shared in stands of 50 with Lou Vincent, 45 with Murray Goodwin and 39 alongside skipper Mike Yardy - but none of his partners were able to match Nash’s mastery of a slow pitch.
Yorkshire’s hopes evaporated after Jacques Rudolph missed a reverse sweep in Yardy’s first over and was bowled for 35.
That left them needing 108 from 11 overs and despite 43 from Jonathan Bairstow they never threatened.