Essex broken by Bevan

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Michael Bevan made sure that Yorkshire's slow start would be no handicap in the NatWest second round at Chelmsford yesterday. Bevan finished with 91 from 76 balls, and with Craig White chipping in with 51 off just 28 deliveries the pair hit a demoralised Essex attack for 120 in the last 11 overs. That took Yorkshire to 301 for 3, a score that had looked well out of reach in the first half of the innings when the openers, Simon Kellett, who finished with 92, and Michael Vaughan struggled to keep the scoreboard moving.

It took the Yorkshire captain, David Byas, to propel his side at a decent rate with 50 off 60 balls before he was run out just before lunch. After that it was all Yorkshire, and particularly badly hit was Mark Waugh who conceded 96 off his 112 overs.

A brisk start in reply faltered when Graham Gooch was run out in the fifth over in comical fashion. Darren Robinson and Nasser Hussain did their best, taking the score from 28 to 128 but once Hussain, who trod on his stumps, and the ever-dangerous Waugh were out, the game quickly slipped away, and Yorkshire's winning margin was 97 runs.

North also beat South at Hove where Derbyshire, thanks to an unbeaten 109 from Chris Adams, easily defeated Sussex by eight wickets. He and Adrian Rollins added 100 in 23 overs, and when Rollins was dismissed for 55, Adams put on another 80 with Daryll Cullinan to pass their 223 target with 37 balls to spare.

Another comfortable win came Glamorgan's way at Grace Road. Chasing Leicestershire's 197 for 7 - during which Tony Cottey conceded 18 runs from seven overs - it was David Hemp's 78 and Cottey's unbeaten 61 that took them to a six-wicket victory.

Tony Wright won his second successive NatWest Trophy man of the match award with a solid 84 for Gloucestershire. They strolled to a 159-run win against Durham after the home side collapsed to 117 all out.

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