Worcestershire Royals were beaten in their Friends Life t20 quarter-final against Yorkshire Carnegie by 29 runs at Headingley Carnegie.
The Royals, who played the same eleven players throughout the group stage, made one change as Aneesh Kapil replaced the injured Alexei Kervezee and the home side won the toss and had chosen to bat first.
Yorkshire suffered an early blow as Phil Jaques (2) was run out in the first over by Scott when a wide delivery down the leg side from Jack Shantry came off Scott’s keeping pads and then the throw back to the bowler’s end was good enough as Jaques was short of his ground. Andrew Gale and Joe Root quickly added 59 for the second wicket until Gale drove the ball straight back to Daryl Mitchell for 30, with the score on 64-2 after 7 overs.
Jonathan Bairstow (2) was out, two overs later, when he was caught by Moeen Ali at long-on off Mitchell for 2, with the score on 74, but Root and David Miller kept the momentum going for Yorkshire as they put on 52 for the fourth wicket, in 6 overs, until Root went for another big hit, which went high up in the air, and Kapil took the catch to dismiss Root for 65 off just 40 balls, with 11 fours.
After 16 overs Yorkshire were on 140-4 but then the Royals were to suffer as Miller, who was the fifth wicket to fall when he was caught by Brett D’Oliveira at long-on off David Lucas for 50 off 25 balls, with 4 fours and 3 sixes, and Gary Ballance, who scored an unbeaten 46 off 20 balls, with 2 fours and 5 sixes, unleashed an array of boundaries, with 72 runs scored in the last 4 overs, and Yorkshire ended on 212-5 off their 20 overs.
In reply the Royals lost two wickets in the opening 3 overs as Vikram Solanki was adjudged lbw for 1 and Ali drove a Richard Pyrah delivery straight to Ballance at mid-off for 17 to leave them on 20-2.
Phil Hughes and James Cameron added 75 runs for the third wicket as they attempted to get the Royals back into the match but then Cameron was out for 29 off 23 balls, with 4 fours and 1 six, when Root used his initiative in throwing the ball back before going over the long-on boundary and Miller was on hand to complete the catch.
Hughes went on to his 50 off 34 balls and along with Gareth Andrew took the total onto 143 in the 16th over when Andrew, 27 off 16 balls, with 2 sixes, hit an Azeem Rafiq delivery straight to Ballance at long-on. Mitchell was out for 11, when he was caught by Ballance off Mitchell Starc, who then bowled Kapil for 4 in the final over, but despite a valiant knock of 80 from Hughes off just 53 balls, with 9 fours and 1 six, the Royals couldn’t get over the line as they ended up on 183-6.