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McGrath century seals it.

Byline: By JOHN JAMES Sports Correspondent

ANTHONY McGRATH hit his first century of the season in any competition to see Yorkshire home by seven wickets against the Scottish Saltires in the Friends Provident Trophy at Headingley.

Now Yorkshire need to beat Lancashire Lightning in their final groupmatch tomorrowto be certain of finishing top of the North Division.

Winning the toss, the Scots rattled up a spirited 244, their highest score in their last 12 matches in the competition, and they were threatening to cause an upset when they had Yorkshire on 59-2.

But then McGrath and Jacques Rudolph put the home side in charge with a record-breaking stand for the third wicket of 164 in 29 overs and Yorkshire cruised to the win with 9.2 overs to spare.

McGrath, who began like an express train with a flurry of boundaries, finished with an unbeaten 105 off 99 balls with 15 fours while Rudolph's 82 contained eight fours and a six and came off 96 balls.

The pair easily overtook Yorkshire's previous best partnership for the third wicket of 132 between Matthew Wood and Michael Lumb against Cambridgeshire at March in 2003.

McGrath was just four when he survived a sharp chance to Dewald Nel at slip off Gordon Goudie but that was the only blemish in his innings and he rattled up his first 30 runs off 15 balls.

South African left-hander Rudolph then played some dazzling shots to narrow the gap with McGrath but after slamming Goudie for four and six off consecutive balls he attempted to drive over the top and was caught at deep mid-off by Nel, the remaining runs knocked off by McGrath.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:May 27, 2008
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