Yorkshire fell to a frustrating defeat against Essex in their Royal London One Day Cup clash at North Marine Road today after a 209-run partnership between Ryan ten Doeschate and Tom Westley grasped victory for the visitors.
Essex skipper ten Doeschate won the toss and promptly asked Yorkshire to bat first in windy conditions at North Marine Road, and opener Alex Lees quickly departed for eight.
Kiwi star Kane Williamson came and went for two, but knocks of 38 from Adam Lyth and 45 from skipper Andrew Gale steadied the Yorkshire innings somewhat.
Both departed though as Lyth was run out as Gale tried to steal a quick single, before the latter was caught by Tim Phillips off the bowling of ten Doeschate.
Young prospect Jack Leaning was the man of the moment for the hosts as his 111 from 139 balls, including four fours and four sixes, aligned with 42 from the in-form Andrew Hodd, helped Yorkshire to a competitive 290-6 from their 50 overs.
It looked like that total was going to be too large for the visitors as they were reduced to 15-3, Mark Pettini, Greg Smith and Kishen Velani the men to depart as Tim Bresnan bagged a couple of wickets and Jack Brooks the other.
Burly Kiwi Jesse Ryder hit 36 from 31 balls but was dismissed when Lyth held on off the bowling of Richard Pyrah and Essex were back in murky waters on 68-4.
That wicket brought ten Doeschate and Westley to the crease though, and the pair promptly set about completely turning the game on its head.
When ten Doeschate finally fell for 119 from 116 balls, including nine fours and six maximums, Essex were sitting pretty on 277-5 and looking a dead cert for the victory.
Westley made his way safely to the close unbeaten on 111, hitting a six off Steven Patterson to round things off 25 balls remaining.