SUPERB boundary catching helped Yorkshire Vikings to a thrilling five-run victory with two balls to spare over Lancashire Lightning in the NatWest T20 Roses clash at Headingley on Friday night.
Chasing a 142 target in a match reduced to 18 overs-a-side because of rain before the start, Lancashire's last wicket pair need 12 off the final over but after Stephen Parry had leg-glanced Steve Patterson for four he edged the next ball to wicketkeeper, Andy Hodd.
The victory was only Yorkshire's second of the season in the competition but it took them to within one point of Lancashire and kept alive their slim hopes of qualifying for the quarter-finals.
All but one of Yorkshire's eight catches were taken in the deep and not one chance was grassed, Adam Lyth hanging on to three of them, including a breathtaking diving effort at deep backward square leg to get rid of opener Jordan Clark.
But the man-of-the-match award went to spinner, Azeem Rafiq, whose four overs cost him only 20 runs for the wicket of Keith Brown.
The decisive over was probably the 11th when Liam Livingstone plundered three consecutive sixes of Karl Carver who then hit back with two wickets in two balls to send back both Livingstone and Steven Croft to leave Lancashire on 87-5
The visitors never really recovered and Patterson finished with 3-23 with Tim Bresnan, Will Rhodes and Carver each taking two wickets.
Not for the first time in one-day cricket this season, the most powerful and adventurous of Yorkshire's batting came from Lyth and after he was out for 23 in the fourth over, nobody was able to take complete command against Lightning's nicely balanced attack of pace and spin.