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Lancashire beat Yorkshire at York in the Royal London Cup

An on-point bowling display set up a comfortable Roses victory for Lancashire in a crowded York CC in the Royal London Cup.

Lancashire, led by Luke Wells, kicked off their campaign at the second attempt, after their Group B opener against Essex at Sedbergh on Tuesday was called off.

In front of a crowd of 4,449 at sunny Clifton Park yesterday, Yorkshire were knocked out for 224 in 49 overs.

Danny Lamb came from behind 3-32 from five overs, including two wickets in one to put the skates under the Vikings on the same ground which saw them go 353-5 in Tuesday’s win over Northamptonshire.

Wells came back 2-25 on eight leg overs before opening the batting and running with a career-best 88 from 67 balls with 12 fours and a trio of sixes, clearing the way for a seven-wicket win with nine remaining overs.

Washington Sundar, who made 30 uneliminated, hit the winning runs.

Nine players from Yorkshire reached double figures but only Will Fraine reached 40. He took the top score with 41 against a Red Rose attack that included miserly trio Will Williams, Wells and out-spinner India from across -Sundar sea.

Fly-half Fraine and Harry Duke – both centurions when Northamptonshire were beaten here on Tuesday – shared a solid 66 from 12 overs.

But Lancashire, who opted to bowl, struck three times for nine runs on 16 balls to assert their authority at 75-3 in the 14th on a fast-scoring pitch.

Williams, their metronomic couture bowling New Zealander, had Duke trailing for 17 in the 12th before Lamb hit twice in the 14th, catching Fraine midway on a leading edge and George Hill lbw for a three-ball duck.

Four overs later, Will Luxton – also for 17 – edged Lamb (96-4).

Jack Blatherwick struck twice in four overs to leave Yorkshire at 132-6 in the 26th.

He had Matthew Waite catch and knock him down on a leading edge and Matthew Revis pocketed in the backseat on a top edge.

And when Dom Bess fell lbw sweeping at Sundar (1-35 from 10 overs), Yorkshire were 137-7 after 27.

Captain Jonny Tattersall’s calm 34 was far from enough, and he joined the procession when he was trapped trying to work Wells on the leg.

At 169-8 in 34th place, Yorkshire looked almost beaten.

Tom Loten had previously hit his second pitch for six over Blatherwick, and he and Ben Coad (20) shared at least 35 – the second-highest partnership in innings – to secure respectability at 200.

Coad then stumbled upon another error from Wells against Sundar – 204-9 in the 44th.

Loten’s six started a 32 unbeaten run, and Yorkshire’s innings ended when Harry Sullivan found himself deep against Williams, who was superb with 2-30 from 9.3 overs.

The errors indicated a slower pitch than Tuesday’s. But only marginally.

In response, Lancashire struck cautiously at first.

Only 23 runs came in the first five overs. But once the platform landed, they pressed the cruise control.

The loss of captain and recent Yorkshire hangman Keaton Jennings for just 20, caught on Coad’s first slip, was no problem at 37-1 in the ninth.

Jennings has scored 132, 238 and 75 against Yorkshire in Championship and Blast cricket over the past 13 months.

Wells was a solid square from the wicket and used his feet expertly against the spin, hitting six on long-on, long-off and midwicket.

He topped a 102-point stand with Josh Bohannon before firing Revis on the long leg, leaving it at 139-2 after 21 overs.

Bohannon then put the icing on the cake with 51 before moving on to Loten.

But, at 177-3 in the 30th, the game was long won, a day that saw County cricket shine brightly.