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Leg-spinner Adil Rashid took career-best List A figures as Yorkshire kept their slim Clydesdale Bank 40 semi-final hopes alive with a 69-run victory over Northamptonshire in the Group C game at Wantage Road.

Former Australia batsman Phil Jaques blasted 87 off 83 balls against his old club as Yorkshire posted 262 for eight from their 40 overs, Lee Daggett taking 4-54 for the hosts.

In their first game since David Ripley was appointed first team coach on a permanent basis, the Steelbacks never looked like reaching their target as they collapsed to 193 all out with all-rounder Rashid returning 4-38 and David Sales top-scoring on 55.

Northamptonshire chose to field and they removed Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale in the eighth over when he slashed Luke Evans to Rob Newton at backward point.

Jaques raced to his fifty off 44 balls before James Middlebrook forced Adam Lyth to edge to wicketkeeper David Murphy and depart for 29.

Adil Rashid

Adil Rashid's best List A figures of 4-38 helped to dismiss Northamptonshire to 193 in reply to Yorkshire's 262 for eight

Jaques eventually holed out when he smashed Evans, who was playing in his first match of the season, to Olly Stone at deep square-leg.

David Miller moved to 44, but dragged Daggett on to his stumps before the same bowler clattered into Rashid's off-pole to dismiss him for 25.

Daggett struck twice more in the 38th over when Gary Ballance launched him to Niall O'Brien at deep square-leg and Azeem Rafiq chipped to Alex Wakely at mid-off five balls later.

Yorkshire wicketkeeper Gerard Brophy was then stumped by Murphy after missing captain Andrew Hall's delivery in the final over.

The hosts replied steadily before Rob Newton fell for 30 in the 11th over when he was taken at mid-off by Ballance off Rashid.

Rashid struck again when Wakely was stumped by Brophy before O'Brien smashed his full-toss to Gale, who took a superb diving catch at mid-on, after the Ireland international had plundered 38.

He continued to torment the Northamptonshire batsmen and trapped Rob Keogh lbw in his final over, but Sales hung around to complete his half-century off 52 balls.

However, Sales’ effort ended when he was superbly run out by Miller from deep midwicket before Murphy departed at the hands of the same fielder, this time from mid-off, three overs later.

Moin Ashraf bowled Middlebrook before Hall, on 28, launched Steven Patterson to Miller at long-on and Iain Wardlaw cleaned up Daggett and Evans for ducks in the final over to complete a sorry procession.

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