Lyth makes history in White Rose victory

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Adam Lyth became the first Yorkshire batsman to score two List A hundreds in successive days as Lancashire were blown away chasing 327 at Emirates Old Trafford in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

Lyth posted 125 off 78 balls against Northamptonshire at Scarborough on Tuesday before usurping his career best with 136 off 92 deliveries here in good batting conditions.

His 12 fours and seven sixes were the feature of Yorkshire’s 325-7 from 47 overs, with Duckworth Lewis later upping the Lancashire target by one run following earlier rain.

The Lightning, who had been 53-1, then slumped to 68-6 after 12 overs, including three wickets for David Willey.

Martin Guptill was the only batsman to reach double figures with 45 as the hosts were later embarrassingly bowled out for 84 inside 18 overs to lose by 242 runs.

It meant that this was Yorkshire’s biggest ever winning margin and Lancashire’s biggest ever losing margin in List A cricket.

Left-arm spinner Karl Carver finished with 3-5 from three overs.

Lyth shared a partnership of 111 inside 16 overs for the second wicket with Kane Williamson, whose 40 was Yorkshire’s next best score.

And at one stage, they were on course for a total above 350. But a loss of 4-35, as the score slipped from 250-3 to 285-7, opened the door for the Lightning.

Left-handed Lyth reached his century off 60 balls against Northants at 4.22pm and here off 64 balls at 4.10pm.

It meant he achieved the notable feat of recording two hundreds inside 24 hours.

Lancashire’s bowlers were under the cosh for the vast majority of the innings, while their fielding could have been better.

Lyth was dropped on 83, an incredibly tough chance for Guptill at backward point, and again on 121 when Alviro Petersen parried the ball over the ropes for six at deep cover.

Liam Livingstone’s leg-spin accounted for 3-51 from eight overs, including the centurion caught at long-off. Left-arm spinner Stephen Parry also added 1-50 from 10.

Guptill helped Lancashire get off to an encouraging start with three sixes in 25 balls, but he was the first of Willey’s wickets when he was bowled, leaving the score at 53-2 in the seventh.

Then, Lancashire saw five more wickets fall for four runs in 16 balls as the score slipped from 64-2 to 68-7 in the 13th.

Spinners Adil Rashid and Carver, with his first ball, struck in that period, as did Willey twice in two balls to get Jos Buttler caught behind for nought and Steven Croft, pouched at point for a golden duck.

In all, Lancashire’s last nine wickets fell for 31 runs. Willey’s 3-44 from six overs was also supplemented by two each for Tim Bresnan and Rashid in a remarkable second innings of the match.

Worcestershire’s match against Leicestershire at New Road and Warwickshire’s clash with Derbyshire at Edgbaston were both abandoned without a ball being bowled.