One-Day Cup: Liam Plunkett stars as Yorkshire beat Essex

By Gary SmeeBBC Sport
Liam Plunkett
Liam Plunkett starred with bat and ball for Yorkshire
Royal London One-Day Cup quarter-final, Chelmsford
Yorkshire 252-9 (50 overs): Leaning 72, Plunkett 49 not out; Topley 4-56
Essex 232 (47.5 overs): Westley 54, ten Doeschate 52; Plunkett 3-58
Yorkshire won by 20 runs

Yorkshire booked a place in the semi-finals of the One-Day Cup with a 20-run victory over Essex at Chelmsford.

After being asked to bat, the Tykes made 252-9 thanks to Jack Leaning's composed 72 and an unbeaten 49 off 32 balls from Liam Plunkett.

Essex looked well placed at 189-5 with James Foster and Ryan ten Doeschate (52) sharing a half-century stand.

But both fell in quick succession to all-rounder Will Rhodes and the hosts were eventually all out for 232.

Yorkshire will now play Gloucestershire at Headingley on Sunday, 6 September.

Earlier, the visitors, who lost returning England opener Adam Lyth for 36, had looked set for a much bigger total at 163-3 with Leaning and Gary Ballance both well set.

Jesse Ryder
Jesse Ryder celebrates the wicket of England and Yorkshire batsman Jonny Bairstow

However, once Ballance nicked Ravi Bopara behind for 32 it triggered a spectacular collapse which saw Yorkshire fall to 202-9, led by Reece Topley with 4-56.

But Plunkett smashed three fours and three sixes in his attacking innings, including 29 off the final two overs to take Yorkshire to a respectable total.

In the chase, Tom Westley got Essex off to a fine start as he made 54, but once Plunkett (3-58) uprooted his stumps and soon removed the dangerous Jesse Ryder and Bopara, the hosts found themselves struggling on 129-5.

Foster and ten Doeschate's partnership of 60 swung the momentum once again, but after ten Doeschate picked out Tim Bresnan on the boundary, Essex's hopes quickly faded.

Bresnan then had the final say with the ball as he bowled Topley in the 48th over to wrap up the win.