Lyth celebrates tour selection in style as Yorkshire coast home to victory in Dubai

ADAM LYTH celebrated his call-up for the West Indies tour with a match-winning half-century as Yorkshire warmed up for today’s Emirates T20 tournament in 
Dubai with a six-wicket win against Middlesex.

Yorkshire's Adam Lyth (Picture: Steve Riding).

Lyth struck 54 not out from 49 balls with five fours as Yorkshire overhauled their opponents’ total of 129-7 with 3.1 overs to spare.

Lyth – one of six Yorkshire players in the England squad along with Joe Root, Gary Ballance, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid and Jonny Bairstow – was in fine form, sharing an opening stand of 59 with Andrew Hodd, who made the second-top score of 28.

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Yorkshire play Lancashire in their semi-final of the Emirates T20, which is structured on the same lines as England’s Twenty20 Finals Day, with Sussex playing MCC in the other semi-final.

On Sunday, Yorkshire start their four-day Champion County game against MCC in Abu Dhabi, which marks the beginning of the first-class season.

Rohit Sharma led defending champions India into the semi-finals of the World Cup with a 109-run victory over Bangladesh at the MCG.

Sharma’s imperious 137 off 126 deliveries provided the backbone of India’s innings as they made 302-6.

With a big total to defend, it was then over to Umesh Yadav, who took 4-31 to restrict Bangladesh, who were all out for 193 as India claimed a seventh win in a row.