The Yorkshire Vikings took control of the powerplay in both innings to claim victory Emerald Headingley.

A washout in Worcestershire the night before meant the Steelbacks came into their penultimate group game knowing qualification was out of reach. Nathan Buck replaced Ben Sanderson as the only change, the Vikings winning the toss and electing to bat.

Yorkshire came out of the gates hard, 66 without loss at the end of their powerplay. Adam Lyth and Tom Kohler-Cadmore both posted half centuries but fell the ball after. Graeme White briefly wrestled back some control for the Steelbacks, the left-armer claiming 2/18 from his 4 overs.

Yorkshire accelerated again through the back end of their innings to post 187 from their 20, Faheem claiming two wickets in the final over courtesy of excellent catches from Wakely and White.

The Steelbacks reply got off to the best possible start, Richard Levi pillaging 19 runs from Adam Lyth’s opening over. He became the first of Willey’s 4 wickets though as he pulled the first ball of the second over to the man at midwicket.

Northamptonshire’s powerplay never got going again as the visitors found themselves 5 down inside the first 6 overs. Yorkshire consistently dug the ball in to a hard Headingley wicket with Levi, Wakely and Cobb all falling to hard hit, but ill-placed pullshots.  

Tom Sole proved the bright spark in the Steelbacks innings, the Scottish international finishing with a career best 41 not out. Wickets fell around him though, the Steelbacks bowled out with the final ball of the 18th over for 107.

Yorkshire Vikings 187/6 (20) (White 2/18, Faheem 2/34)

Northamptonshire Steelbacks 107 (18) (Sole 41*, Levi 19)

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