White Rose keep momentum going
Yorkshire took a giant step towards qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Friends Life t20 after beating Lancashire by 19 runs in front of a 10,350 crowd at Headingley Carnegie.
The victory was their fifth in seven matches in the North Group and left them two points ahead of Nottinghamshire - who have a game in hand.
The White Rose, put in to bat, were 60 for three after 10 overs - losing all three batsmen to boundary catches.
However, they were then propelled to a 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 Twenty20 cricket for the fifth wicket and rapidly turned a modest score into a highly competitive one.
Lancashire kept in touch with the required rate for a while before losing momentum to finish on 161 for five.
The Miller-Ballance run feast ended in the final over when the latter mis-hit Oliver Newby and Stephen Parry held on to a steepler to send the batsman back for 42 from 23 balls with six fours and a six.
Man of the match Miller was then run out for a fiercely struck 54 from just 30 deliveries with a quartet of fours and three maximums.
It was a game of mixed fortunes for Red Rose pace bowler Yasir Arafat, who became the first bowler in English domestic Twenty20 cricket to take 100 wickets when he had opener Adam Lyth caught by Tom Smith diving forward at mid-on.
Arafat later came in for some severe punishment and his final figures of 1-55 from four overs were the most expensive by a Lancashire bowler in the history of the competition.
The visitors made a poor start to their chase as Stephen Moore was comprehensively bowled by Mitchell Starc in the Australian paceman's first over.
Smith showed plenty of appetite for the fight by planting consecutive balls from off-spinner Joe Root over the long-on rope in a set of six which cost 19.
Smith also spooned Richard Pyrah high over square-leg for another maximum but, having made 33 from 18 balls with two fours and three sixes, he was athletically caught at the second attempt by captain Azeem Rafiq at backward point.
Steven Croft and Karl Brown took up the challenge in determined fashion, each striking Adil Rashid for six in the same over, but the runs began to dry up when the economical Rafiq brought himself into the attack.
Lancashire were still in with a shout with 58 wanted from five overs - but their hopes were dashed as Root held on to dismiss Brown on the boundary edge, throwing the ball into the air before stepping over the rope and then catching it again when he re-entered the field of play. Brown had thumped 46 from 35 deliveries with four fours and a six.
Horton was bowled by Moin Ashraf in the penultimate over and Croft's 56 from 49 balls with four fours and a six was ended by Starc, who had him caught at mid-off by Ballance.