Yorkshire could be set for a historic double, having cruised through to the quarter-finals of the Royal London One-Day Cup with a ten-wicket victory over Derbyshire.
The White Rose are also top of Division One of the LV County Championship, with Notts and Somerset the only sides who have a realistic chance of catching them.
Derbyshire looked hapless from start to finish, and pace bowler Mark Footitt was even ordered out of their attack at one point for bowling a beamer and three bouncers in a single over.
Nonetheless, it was largely Yorkshire who made them look amateurish, as the visitors totalled up just 151. Adil Rashid and Rich Pyrah took three wickets apiece, leaving little for the batsmen to do.
Openers Adam Lyth and Alex Lees scored 67 and 69 respectively, while the Falcons also conceded a disappointing 19 extras.
Captain Andrew Gale told BBC Sport that Yorkshire “can go all the way”, but the task will be made more difficult by their title push.
However, it appears that at least at present, they are focusing on both competitions, rather than prioritising one over the other.
“I always felt we were better equipped for this competition than the Twenty20 and our game plans have worked really well”, Gale added.
Under the leadership of Jason Gillespie, Yorkshire have certainly placed themselves in an enviable position, despite having the heart torn out of their top order in Joe Root and Gary Ballance, who have been away with England for the majority of the season.
They have also been without Jonny Bairstow of late, as the wicket-keeper batsman is away on England Lions duty.
Lees and Lyth
Lees and Lyth have sure those absences have had minimal effect on their trophy chances. Last week, Lees hit a century in the six-wicket win against Northants, while Lyth scored a ton in their emphatic recent County Championship triumph over Middlesex.
One former England star who has been present for much of the season is Tim Bresnan, who took two wickets against Derbyshire. Bresnan has been a key man for the county all year, suggesting the Three Lions’ loss is domestic cricket’s gain.
Gillespie’s men have now won give out of seven in the One-Day Cup. Notts are facing the same struggles of balancing the four-day game with a more-romantic shot at glory, and the Trent Bridge outfit have also hit form at a similarly convenient stage of the season.
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