Tykes play down home advantage
Yorkshire matchwinner Jonny Tattersall says missing out on a home play-off tie in the Royal London Cup should not dampen the mood ahead of next week's trip to Essex.
The Vikings looked odds-on to seal the resounding victory that would have sealed a Headingley tie next Thursday when a patched-up Northamptonshire were 101-6 in the final northern group fixture.
But the visitors recovered to 241 against a Yorkshire attack that had the luxury of England one-day bowler Liam Plunkett remaining on the sidelines.
That left the Tykes needing to chase down their target inside 41 overs to pip Nottinghamshire to second place.
However, it later became touch and go as to whether they would qualify at all as, despite possessing five international batsmen in their top six, they were reduced to 134-5 in the 33rd over.
Cue 23-year-old Tattersall to join Gary Ballance and contribute an unbeaten half-century in a game-defining stand.
"You can't be too disappointed. We have won a couple of nippers which have been key for us getting through," said makeshift wicketkeeper Tattersall of Yorkshire's progression.
"It would have been nice to have been at home in the quarter-final but we would have taken whoever, wherever it is."
They will travel to Essex next week without England internationals Joe Root, David Willey, Jonny Bairstow, Adil Rashid and Plunkett, meaning opportunities for more squad men like Tattersall.
Left-arm spinner Karl Carver, fast bowler Jack Brooks and batsmen Alex Lees and Jack Leaning are likely to come into the selection equation at Chelmsford against a settled Essex team.
"It's just another game, just another white ball coming down at you, so I am sure the lads will be full of confidence. We've got nothing to lose," Tattersall, who had scored just two senior runs before his 52 not out, added.
Yorkshire are 1212/1 to win the Royal London Cup, with Essex 1212/1 and Nottinghamshire 1212/1.
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