Gough to the fore as Yorkshire advance

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Darren Gough needed just five overs at rain-affected Trent Bridge yesterday to produce figures of 4 for 17, his first four-wicket haul in a Benson and Hedges Cup match, and propel Yorkshire into the quarter-finals.

The visitors then eased to a six-wicket victory after chasing a Duckworth-Lewis revised target of 119 in 35 overs in reply to Nottinghamshire's 129 for 8.

Gough removed Darren Bicknell with his fourth ball of the day, enticing the opener to edge an away cutter to the wicketkeeper Richard Blakey. Matthew Hoggard then bowled Bicknell's opening partner, Usman Afzaal, in the next over and Nottinghamshire were 2 for 2 after two overs.

Gough did more damage in his fourth over. He first removed Paul Johnson, who dragged a wide ball back on to his stumps, and from the next delivery, which was even wider, John Morris made the faintest of bottom edges to Blakey.

Chris Read, facing the hat-trick ball, played a superb cover drive for four, but Gough got his revenge in his next over when Read left a ball that nipped back and hit the top of his off-stump.

Despite losing Craig White early, caught behind by Read off Paul Franks, Yorkshire passed 50 in the 12th over. Blakey and David Byas both chopped on balls from Jason Gallian and Franks had Darren Lehmann caught behind, but Yorkshire went on to secure their win in the 29th over.


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