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Yorks and Durham in the last eight - thanks to rain; cricket.

YORKSHIRE and Durham have progressed to the quarter-finals of the Royal London One-Day Cup after the White Rose county's last group game against Northants at Headingley was washed out.

Yesterday's no-result sent Durham into the last eight at Northants' expense due to their superior run-rate.

Yorkshire and Northants received one point, with Yorkshire finishing third in Group A and Durham fourth, with the latter's run rate of 0.402 superior to the -0.458 of Northants.

Persistent rain meant no play was possible in the final Group A match at Headingley in the cup competition.

Despite the lack of action, Yorkshire and Durham still made it through to the quarter-finals, where their opponents will not be known until after today's round of Group B matches.

But the one point apiece from the 'no-result' came as a bitter blow to Steelbacks, who failed to make the cut.

The abandonment ended Yorkshire's ambitions of a lucrative last eight home tie but it kept alive their hopes of going on to lift the Cup in a Lord's final for the first time since 2002.

Frustratingly for both sides, there were only spots of light rain at the scheduled starting time but it got heavier as the morning wore on and by midafternoon there were pools of standing water off the square.

It left umpires Jeff Evans and Stephen Gale with no option but to call the game off at 3.20pm.

Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie said after the call-off: "The weather has worked in our favour but you always want to play cricket if you can and we would have preferred it to be a nice clear day and to have won the game on merit.

"But you have to make the best of the situation and we are very satisfied to get through to the quarter-finals.

"We are not entirely sure yet who our opponents will be, but we are relishing the challenge wherever we will be playing.

"We always attempt to win every game we play in every competition, and we are looking at getting to Lord's and winning the final."

Northamptonshire's head coach David Ripley had different emotions as the weather ended his side's involvement in the competition.

"The weather was very disappointing for us," Ripley said. "By winning on Monday we had setup a knockout game and we would have gone into the match having won our last three fixtures in the competition, which suggests that we are playing good cricket at the right time.

"The forecast was pretty grim from the start of the day and it proved to be right, but if you are outside the top four this is what can happen, although going out without playing still feels tough."

Ripley added: "At least we have got the NatWest T20 Finals Day to look forward to. We may go into them as underdogs again but we don't mind the tag, just as we didn't two years ago."

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Aug 19, 2015
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