Kent and Yorkshire’s win over Nottinghamshire and Essex respectively tracked the semifinals line up for England and Wales’ Premier 50 over tournament Royal London One Day Cup 2018.
In a tournament that is being played in a dissimilar format since 2017, table toppers from each group Worcestershire and Hampshire respectively had already booked their place in semifinals leaving 2nd and 3rd placed teams of their groups to contest for the remaining two places for semifinals. Two Quarter finals that took place on last Thursday saw Kent and Yorkshire outplaying their resistors to confirm their collide with Worcestershire and Hampshire on 17th and 18th June respectively.
In the first Quarter-final, Nottinghamshire posted a modest 255/8 riding on recovery work from Steven Mullaney (90) supported by Billy Root (41) and Luke Fletcher (53). But that proved way too easy for Kent as African Heino Khun with 124* off 114 balls supported by Bell-Drummond 79(73) and captain Joe Denly 52*(28) thrashed Nottinghamshire by 9 wickets with 85 balls to spare.
In the second and thrilling one, Yorkshire batting first collected a respectable 259 on the board, top scored by Garry Ballance who hit 91 and a healthy contribution from Jack Leaning who scored 57. Defending the target Yorkshiremen were always on top of their opposition and successfully shielded their target by 25 runs defying late heroics of Adam Wheater who did a 78 off 70 balls. Captain Steven Patterson was the most successful bowler with 4 wickets in 10 overs conceding mere 36 runs.