Waite upbeat despite setback

15 May 2017 10:36:27 EST
Yorkshire captain Gary Ballance.

Emerging Yorkshire star Matthew Waite has not given up on securing a home semi-final in the Royal London Cup.

Gary Ballance's team let top spot in the northern section slip from their grasp with defeat to 2016 champions Warwickshire on Sunday.

That has left Worcestershire's destiny in their own hands - victory over Derbyshire will secure their passage to the final four next month.

The second-placed team in the section will host the third-placed team in the south for the right to progress to the last four.

"Hopefully we'll still get a home semi," said Waite, who hit 71 in the defeat at Edgbaston.

"We've done really well in the competition, so I don't think we should get too down about what happened.

"Warwickshire played really well. We could have got a few more runs, but that's how it goes. We shouldn't let our heads go down."

Of his own displays, the all-rounder said: "I've contributed to some wins, and each game I'm getting more and more confident and believing I can do it at this level. It's been a good experience."

Yorkshire's task is not made any easier by the loss of their five England one-day players for the final group match.

Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Adil Rashid, David Willey and Liam Plunkett are on a Spanish training camp ahead of the Champions Trophy, which starts on 1st June when England take on Bangladesh.

Yorkshire are 7/2 to win the Royal London Cup while Worcestershire can be backed at 3/1.

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