Yorkshire planted one foot firmly in the quarter-finals when they crushed Derbyshire by 59 runs with 15 balls to spare in a one-sided NatWest t20 Blast North Group game at Chesterfield yesterday.
Alex Lees continued his remarkable run against Derbyshire with a Twenty20 career-best unbeaten 67 - he has now scored 403 in three innings in all cricket against them - as Yorkshire raced to 183 for four from their 20 overs.
Kane Williamson made 41 off 26 balls and skipper Andrew Gale smashed a rapid 34 as 68 came off the last five overs and, although Gareth Cross hammered 37 from 19 balls, Derbyshire collapsed to 124 with five Yorkshire bowlers striking in their first over as nine wickets fell to spin.
Yorkshire’s first team coach Jason Gillespie said: “I thought the way Alex Lees batted was nothing short of sensational, he read the situation very well and made sure he was there at the end.
“At the end of the day you have to get your skills right and the way we bowled and fielded was fantastic.”