YORKSHIRE took a giant step towards qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Friends Life t20 Cup by beating Lancashire by 19 runs in front of a 10,350 crowd at Headingley.
The victory was their fifth in seven matches in the North Group and it left them four points ahead of their Roses rivals - who have a game in hand. The two sides meet again at Old Trafford next Friday.
Yorkshire, put in to bat, were 60 for three after 10 overs - losing all three batsmen to boundary catches.
However, they were then propelled to their final total of 180 for six by a hurricane stand of 91 in 7.1 overs between David Miller and Gary Ballance.
It was a Yorkshire record in Twenty-20 cricket for the fifth wicket and it rapidly turned a modest score into a highly competitive one, Lancashire keeping abreast of the rate for a while before losing momentum to finish on 161 for five.
n Eoin Morgan’s hard work paid off on his home ground as he restated his claims as England’s outstanding limited-overs batsman, and helped to put them 1-0 up on Australia in the NatWest Series.
Morgan demonstrated all his renowned skill and ingenuity in a blistering 89 not out which pushed England up to a defendable 272 for five.
England’s bowlers then hunted as a pack, with two wickets for each of the four frontline seamers, as Australia finished on 257 for nine.
Morgan said: “It’s not fun when you’re not getting any runs, not contributing to the team. So today was a big start for my summer.
“When I came back from Dubai, I had two weeks off and came back and reflected on what I’d done poorly in the UAE and made some technical changes. One of them was the balance of my head, and the other was my hand movement.”