George Hill's maiden List A century leads Yorkshire to win over Worcestershire

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Yorkshire batter George Hill scored his maiden List A century against Worcestershire. Picture: Ray Spencer
Yorkshire batter George Hill scored his maiden List A century against Worcestershire. Picture: Ray Spencer

GEORGE HILL’S calm yet crisp maiden List A century ensured Yorkshire won a topsy-turvy Royal London Cup clash with Worcestershire at Scarborough by four wickets as they chased 247.

Hill came in with the Vikings at 10-2 and finished with 130 off 131 balls.

The 21-year-old steered the ship towards a second win in three Group 'B' games, achieved with 16 balls remaining.

Matthew Waite’s key all-round contribution of 3-21 and 36 - he shared 96 for the fifth wicket with Hill - sent Rapids to a third straight defeat.

Ben Cox impressed for them with a brisk 70 late in 246-8, but Hill had the final say.

Both top orders struggled on a pitch with extra bounce and nibble.

Only flashes of success came during the first half of Worcestershire’s innings having been inserted.

Waite claimed two new ball wickets - Ed Pollock played on before Azhar Ali miscued to mid-off.

Gareth Roderick and Kashif Ali - 29 and 22 - failed to make the most of starts and fell to Tom Loten and off-spinner Jack Shutt respectively.

Ed Barnard (12) then pulled Waite out to deep midwicket, where Dom Bess took a smart running catch.

Captain Jake Libby was forced into a risk-free innings, and only two boundaries came in his 83-ball 50.

Unfortunately, his first real sign of aggression saw him top-edge a pull behind off Coad to fall moments later. But his 58 had built a platform from which Cox could attack.

Powerful and inventive to leg, Cox reached his fifty off 38 balls as Worcestershire just fell short of 250.

Yorkshire then lost three wickets inside 11 overs. Leach struck first by trapping Will Fraine lbw, his opening partner Harry Duke later edging Adam Finch’s fifth ball behind to Cox.

Sandwiched in between, Cox helped Dillon Pennington oust Will Luxton for a golden duck off the inside-edge.

But, in Hill and captain Jonny Tattersall, they encountered a third-wicket pair who calmly and confidently turned the game back in favour of the Vikings with an 87-run stand.

Both played eye-catching strokes down the ground and through midwicket, Hill in particular, in 16 overs together.

Minutes after reaching their half-century partnership, Hill secured a 47-ball fifty.

He was dropped on 53 by Roderick running in from deep midwicket off Leach. But Pennington returned to force Tattersall to play on for 45 shortly afterwards.

Hill, who was venomous on the pull, found another partner in Waite, uniting for 15 overs.

Waite was dropped on 22, but the game was all but decided by then. That theory was strengthened almost immediately when Hill reached his ton off 96 balls.

The former England Under 19 celebrated arms aloft before getting back to it, pulling a six off Leach over long-on as the finish line fast approached.

Waite was run out and then Hill caught at long-on off Libby with six needed. But it mattered not.

Elsewhere, Yorkshire have confirmed that all-rounder Matthew Waite will join Worcestershire at the end of the current campaign, following nine seasons with his home county.