WHITBY’S Adam Lyth is delighted with the role he played in Sunday’s Friends Life Twenty20 victory over Derbyshire, which saw his side through to the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time since 2007.
Lyth hit 78 from just 51 balls, including nine fours and two sixes, in a record-breaking opening stand of 131 with Phil Jaques in Sunday’s 21-run triumph at Headingley.
The pair’s time at the crease together resulted in a new Yorkshire record for a first-wicket partnership in the shortest form of the game.
The former Caedmon School and Whitby Community College pupil said: “Obviously I am delighted to have hit 78 runs in a big partnership.
“I think that I played well, the wicket was good and I was hitting the ball nicely - I just went out and tried to play my natural game.
“It is my job to go hard in the first six overs and I was lucky enough to go on to make a big score.
“I am feeling good at the moment, I have made decent starts in my last few games and then got out so it was nice to go on to make 70-odd.
“I made a quick 30 against Notts recently and I felt I would go on to make a half-century in that innings but when you take the game to the bowlers sometimes you do end up getting out.
“It is nice to be getting picked and to be scoring runs.”
Yorkshire’s win sealed a quarter-final clash with Worcestershire at Headingley.
Lyth is hopeful that he will retain his place at the top of the order and will be given the chance to score more runs and help his side to a place at finals day at Cardiff
He added: “We are already looking forward to the quarter-final with Worcestershire, hopefully I have done enough to keep my place in the side for that game.
“I think that home advantage will be key for us and I am sure that if we keep playing the way that we have been doing then we will have a great chance.
“Although we obviously want to win the competition It is too early to be thinking about the finals day in Cardiff because we have just got to focus on trying to get past Worcestershire first of all.”
Yorkshire this week announced that former England fast bowler Steve Harmison has joined the club on a month’s loan from Durham.
Lyth revealed that Harmison’s arrival has boosted the Yorkshire players and is backing the former Test star to be a success at Headingley.
He said: “It is very exciting that Steve Harmison has joined up with us at Yorkshire.
“He has settled in here very quickly and we are all pleased to have him in the squad.
“Obviously it is a blow that Ryan Sidebottom has picked up an injury but hopefully Harmy can come in an do a job while Siddy is out.
“Having played against him on a number of occasions I know what a good bowler he is.
“Everyone knows what Harmy is capable of. With him being over six foot tall and very quick he gets lots of bounce and as a batsman you never look forward to facing him.
“I’m sure that he will do well here and pick up plenty of wickets.”
Harmison said: “It’s been a frustrating first half of the season and I don’t want to be playing second team cricket.
“I’m pleased that I can be helpful to Yorkshire at this point when they are struggling with their senior bowlers.”