Bairstow and Lyth provide foundations for Vikings win

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An unbeaten partnership of 90 from Jonny Bairstow and Adam Lyth helped fire Yorkshire to a 16-run win at Northamptonshire in the NatWest T20 Blast.

Bairstow clubbed 60 not out off 37 balls and Lyth finished on an unbeaten 46 as the Tykes recorded a testing 181-3 off their 20 overs.

Richard Levi clobbered five sixes and five fours in an entertaining 76 in reply but could not find support and a late flurry of wickets saw the Steelbacks finish 165-9.

Northants got off to an inauspicious start with Olly Stone’s first ball going for five wides as Yorkshire, who had chosen to bat, plundered 11 off the opening over.

Aaron Finch had the lion’s share of the strike but he was gone for just five off 13 balls when he mistimed Stone’s delivery to mid-on where Rob Keogh took a smart catch over his shoulder.

The first boundary off the bat did not come until the fourth over as Alex Lees glanced one to fine leg with Andrew Gale soon adding two more.

But the captain was next to depart, for 17, as Azharullah found some extra bounce and Gale edged behind to Ben Duckett.

That brought England outcast Bairstow to the crease and he helped to up the rate slightly before Lees (35) chipped to Kyle Coetzer at short extra cover off Matt Spriegel.

Lyth then strode out to the middle and, after some consolidation, he and Bairstow hit out and guided the Tykes to a testing target.

Northants made a good start and were 30 without loss after three overs with Levi scoring 25 of them off just 11 balls.

The first ball of the fourth over produced the first wicket when dangerman David Willey found Finch at midwicket off Steve Patterson and the Tykes will have been glad to see the back of him for just five.

Coetzer (one) lasted just two balls before Oliver Robinson claimed him at deep square leg but the arrival of Duckett steadied the ship with Levi continuing to attack, bringing up his 50 with a six off the 30th ball he faced.

Duckett fell for six when he was stumped by Bairstow off Azeem Rafiq but Levi continued to press on, hitting two further sixes before he departed for 76, heaving Rafiq to Lyth at long on.

That took the momentum away from the home side and when David Sales (17) and Steven Crook (23) fell in consecutive balls to Richard Pyrah and Adil Rashid, they were in trouble.

Spriegel, Graeme White and Keogh then all went in the space of seven balls as Yorkshire eased to a comfortable victory.

Lancashire hung on to claim a nine-run victory over Leicestershire at Old Trafford in the NatWest T20 Blast.

The hosts posted 166-7 from their 20 overs despite Richard Jones taking 5-34 on his Leicestershire debut, following his loan move from Warwickshire earlier in the day.

Leicestershire stayed just about in contention until the 
final over, from which they needed 17 runs, but Kabir Ali kept it tight enough as the visitors ended on 157-7.

The result put Lancashire top of the North Group with five wins from seven matches.

An unbeaten partnership of 67 from Laurie Evans and Ateeq Javid laid the foundations for Birmingham to claim an 18-run win over Nottinghamshire in the NatWest T20 Blast.

The Bears had got off to a slow start but Evans hammered 45 off 23 balls, ably supported by Javid, as the visitors posted 156-5.

Notts got their reply off to a flying start but wickets then fell steadily and they ended up falling well short.

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