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Lees and Lyth enjoy Wantage Road return

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Yorkshire Vikings enjoyed a comfortable evening at Wantage Road as they thrashed Northants Steelbacks by six wickets in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

In a rain-reduced contest, the visitors shackled the Steelbacks before making short work of their reply, despite losing a handful of late wickets, as Adam Lyth and Alex Lees ran amok.

The hosts' 209 for seven was overhauled in 34 overs as Lees reeled off his maiden List-A century, which highlighted his side's dominance.

He made 102 and Lyth 84 as Yorkshire raced to 213 for four.

Northants, having been put in on a pitch with a healthy tinge of green, made a poor start as Stephen Peters edged his first ball from Tim Bresnan behind.

Kyle Coetzer was put down at second slip off the next delivery, but he did not last long as Jack Brooks found his inside edge.

There was enough movement to hint at more inroads being made, but Richard Levi and Adam Rossington combined tidily to prevent further loss.

The score had moved on to 90 before Levi was caught at the wicket off Steven Patterson, but Rossington, who continued to build on the strong impression made since arriving on loan from Middlesex, went on to a 55-ball half-century and, alongside Ben Duckett, laid a solid platform.

The pair departed in quick succession, Rossington for 75 and Duckett 45, and it led to the brake being applied.

Richard Pyrah was able to pick up some cheap wickets and, with only 50 scored from the final 10 overs of the innings, Northants’ total looked a touch on the light side.

Having shared an opening partnership of 375 on the same ground when the two sides met in the LV= County Championship back in May, Lyth and Lees tucked in again and, when the former reached a run-a-ball 50 in the 16th over, they had ticked off 90.

Lees' own half-century, scored from 53 deliveries, arrived shortly after and he upped the pace to such an extent that he moved from 35 to 85 in the time his partner had advanced from 50 to 55.

It was dispiriting stuff for the hosts and, although Lees fell shortly after he made it to three figures and three more wickets, including that of Lyth, fell in a few minutes, the end was not long in coming.

Vikings captain Andrew Gale was happy with what his side produced,

He said: "Overall we probably dominated 80-90 percent of the game and, when you do that in a one-day game, you're going to win more than you lose.

"It would've been nice to get through none down. That could've been a tricky chase and had we been chasing 230 or 240.

"The two lads (Lyth and Lees) are in excellent form and showed why they're on top of their game at the minute."

On the hosts' display, Rossington said: "It's always nice to score runs, but obviously I'd have preferred to have come away with two points and it was a little bit disappointing overall.

"They bowled well up front and we might have been 10 or 15 light, but I don't think we were too far off the mark.

"All credit to them, they had two guys who played really well and got big scores, but we didn't set the right tone and the game got away from us."

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