One-Day Cup: Yorkshire finish top of Group A with win at Hampshire
|Royal London One-Day Cup, Ageas Bowl|
|Yorkshire 173-4 (28.5 overs) beat Hampshire 172 (39 overs)|
Yorkshire finished top of Group A following a comfortable six-wicket win at Hampshire in the One-Day Cup.
Spinner Adil Rashid's 5-33 saw the hosts, who were unable to qualify for the next round before the match began, dismissed for 172 from 39 overs.
Jimmy Adams top-scored for Hampshire with his season's best of 91, but Yorkshire opener Alex Lees (61) soon had his side on course for victory.
And Jonny Bairstow (45 not out) led his side home with 21 overs to spare.
The result means Yorkshire finish ahead of both Essex and Gloucestershire by virtue of more wins and means they secure a home quarter-final against Durham.
Hampshire have only one victory to show from this season's competition and made five changes for their fixture in Southampton with T20 Blast Finals Day on Saturday in mind.
The match began disastrously for the hosts as they saw openers Michael Carberry and Sean Terry caught behind in the first two overs for ducks.
Adams' 110-ball knock was the only saving grace of the Hampshire innings - with the next highest contributor Matt Coles with 25 - as Rashid and Jack Brooks (3-30) tore apart their batsmen.
Yorkshire eased towards their target and, despite losing Kane Williamson (33) and Andrew Gale in successive balls to Tom Barber (2-22) shortly after the break, their victory never looked in doubt.
Hampshire captain Jimmy Adams:
"We left out one or two for the Twenty20 finals day. Having won only one match in this competition, we knew where our priorities lay.
"We got off to a bad start and we were always struggling after both openers fell in the first two overs, so we cannot complain about the outcome.
"We were able to give some of more inexperienced players a chance so this would have been part of their learning process."
Yorkshire wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow:
"To win six out of eight group matches is a great achievement and it will be a huge game against Durham in the quarter-final. We want to keep the momentum going in the championship as well.
"Throughout the group stages we played good, consistent cricket and we lost only once. We feel we can beat anyone now that we have reached the sudden death part of the competition.
"Adil bowled a terrific spell when it mattered and left us with the sort of target where we just needed to pace ourselves."