County Championship round-up: Yorkshire reach last eight as rain spares Lancashire
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Thursday 29 May 2008
Rain may have denied Yorkshire the pleasure of the most one-sided triumph over an embarrassed Lancashire in the second Roses match of the season, but Darren Gough's side had the consolation of confirming a place in the quarter-finals of the Friends Provident Trophy, where they will play Gloucestershire in Bristol.
Yorkshire were joined in the last eight yesterday by Somerset, after both games in the South West Division were abandoned and Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire after the Midland Division reached a belated conclusion in the pouring rain at Oakham School.
Gough does not have many Roses encounters left before he retires come the end of the season and he rose to the occasion at an overcast Headingley, inspiring a depleted attack – Yorkshire were without four first-choice seamers – to dismiss Lancashire for just 89. Yorkshire had galloped to 34 without loss in under five overs when the rain arrived. The seemingly inevitable Yorkshire win would have earned them a home quarter-final as group winners, but the point apiece means Durham enjoy that advantage. "If you'd said we were going to qualify after losing the first game against Durham, I'd have taken it – so I'm not really too fussed whether it's home or away," said Gough.
Gough took 3 for 17, while there were two wickets each for Steve Patterson, Rich Pyrah and Anthony McGrath.
Leicestershire's 13-run Duckworth/Lewis victory over Notts left them as group winners and ruled Northamptonshire's 99-run win in Ireland irrelevant. After several rain interruptions, Notts were left to score 26 off 10 balls but fell well short.
Ryan ten Doeschate made the day's top score, 97 from 93 balls, but it was not enough to stop Essex losing to Middlesex by eight wickets.
Friends Provident Trophy quarter-finals: Kent v Somerset, Durham v Notts, Gloucestershire v Yorkshire, Leicestershire v Essex. Ties to be played on 4 June.
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