Pujara fails to fire as Yorkshire reaches quarterfinals

Cheteshwar Pujara made only six with the bat, but David Willey's all-round performance carried Yorkshire into the last-eight.

Cheteshwar Pujara fails to click for Yorkshire. (File photo)   -  R. Ragu

Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara could score mere six, but his side Yorkshire managed to sneak a four-wicket win in its final Royal London One-Day Cup tie at Headingley in Leeds on Thursday.

Electing to bat first, Northamptonshire posted an average total of 241, with Charlie Oliver Thurston scoring 53, while Yorkshire's David Willey claimed three for 24, in what was a decent effort from the bowlers.

In reply, Willey shined with the bat as well, scoring a splendid 71, followed by twin decent knocks by Gary Ballance (66) and wicketkeeper-batsman Jonathan Tattersall (52*), as the host sealed the match with six balls to spare.

With this win, Yorkshire managed to finish at the third spot of the North Group, thus qualifying for the quarterfinals, while Northamptonshire finished at the seventh spot. Yorkshire will play either Essex or Kent from South Group in the quarterfinals on June 14.