C&G Trophy: Lumb finds lost touch to steer Yorkshire into semis

Yorkshire 270 Northamptonshire 237 (Yorkshire win by 33 runs)

This season has been especially frustrating. Even in Twenty20 cricket, at which he excelled at first, his bat has become a blunted instrument, his seven innings in this season's competition generating only 60 runs. That prompted director of cricket, David Byas, to suggest he get some practice with the second XI, to which Lumb responded with a half-century when recalled to face Surrey in the Totesport League last Wednesday. He made his mark emphatically again here yesterday, clinching the man-of-the-match award as Yorkshire booked an away semi-final place against Hampshire in the Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophy with a 33-run victory over Northamptonshire.

The 25-year-old left-hander's 108-ball 89, his second highest score in one-day cricket, gave Yorkshire's innings just enough substance to set Northamptonshire a challenging run chase after the visitors had won the toss and chosen to bowl first.

Lumb shared a partnership of 93 for the third wicket with Ian Harvey, whose 74 included 10 boundaries.

Harvey hit three fours in a single over off Steffan Jones but suffered a soft dismissal, chipping a slow full toss from Ben Phillips straight to mid-wicket. His partner ultimately holed out to long-on off impressive Australian seamer Damien Wright, whose first six-over spell conceded only 14 runs. Finishing with 3 for 39, Wright was the pick of the Northamptonshire bowlers in a performance let down by sloppy fielding, with three catches put down.

Earlier, after Michael Wood had edged Wright to slip without scoring, Phil Jaques hit a brisk 25 before giving Riki Wessels a catch and Anthony McGrath's 38 were valuable runs but, with England captain Michael Vaughan rested to protect a groin injury, and Craig White also ruled out, Yorkshire had every reason to applaud Lumb, especially when seven wickets fell in the last six overs for just 43 runs, the innings ending when Johann Louw bowled stand-in skipper Richard Dawson with the last ball.

Yorkshire could at least draft Matthew Hoggard into their attack for his final appearance ahead of the Ashes Tests, although the England bowler took his time making an impact as the visitors began their reply so confidently it seemed they would find a target of 271 well within their scope. They had 73 on the board in the 12th over when Bilal Shafayat played across the line to Tim Bresnan and though a brilliant throw from Jaques ran out Martin Love in full flow, and Dawson's nagging accuracy slowed the scoring pace, they still looked well set at 163 for 2 in the 35th.

However, Hoggard, in his second spell, then struck to have Tim Roberts leg before, claiming a second important scalp when Usman Afzaal, whose 62-ball 57 made him a potential match-winner, drove straight to long-on.

Yorkshire's catching was as unimpressive as their opponents, with at least four chances spilled, but two superb efforts, by Jaques and Richard Pyrah to account for Sales and Wessels, tipped the balance in Yorkshire's direction as Northamptonshire subsided to 237 all out, losing their last six wickets for 45 runs.

News
news
Arts and Entertainment
tvSPOILER ALERT: Like a mash-up of 28 Days Later, Braveheart, The Killing and Lord of the Rings, this GoT episode was a belter
Life and Style
Angel Di Maria is shown the red card
tech
Sport
Roger Federer after his win over Tomas Berdych
sport
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
In full bloom

In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific
In this the person to restore our trust in the banks?

In this the person to restore our trust in the banks?

Dame Colette Bowe - interview
When do the creative juices dry up?

When do the creative juices dry up?

David Lodge thinks he knows
The 'Cher moment' happening across fashion just now

Fashion's Cher moment

Ageing beauty will always be more classy than all that booty
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination

Health fears over school cancer jab

Shock new Freedom of Information figures show how thousands of girls have suffered serious symptoms after routine HPV injection
Fifa President Sepp Blatter warns his opponents: 'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

Fifa president Sepp Blatter issues defiant warning to opponents
Extreme summer temperatures will soon cause deaths of up to 1,700 more Britons a year, says government report

Weather warning

Extreme summer temperatures will soon cause deaths of up to 1,700 more Britons a year, says government report
LSD: Speaking to volunteer users of the drug as trials get underway to see if it cures depression and addiction

High hopes for LSD

Meet the volunteer users helping to see if it cures depression and addiction
German soldier who died fighting for UK in Battle of Waterloo should be removed from museum display and given dignified funeral, say historians

Saving Private Brandt

A Belgian museum's display of the skeleton of a soldier killed at Waterloo prompts calls for him to be given a dignified funeral