Vitality Blast: Yorkshire beat Worcestershire, holders Kent Spitfires lose to Somerset

Harry Brook and Joe Root

Joe Root and Harry Brook timed Yorkshire’s run-chase to perfection

Harry Brook and Joe Root shared an unbroken stand of 87 as Yorkshire Vikings beat Worcestershire Rapids by seven wickets at Headingley on the opening night of this season’s T20 Blast.

Jack Haynes made 61 off 33 balls as the visitors totalled 172-9, but Brook (60 off 27) and Root (35) – who are both in England’s squad for next week’s first Test against New Zealand – steered their side to 175-3 with 11 balls to spare.

The start of the 20th season of England’s domestic Twenty20 competition also included a rematch of last year’s final as trophy holders Kent Spitfires recovered to make 162-6 against Somerset, thanks to Jack Leaning’s 72 not out off 43 balls.

It was not enough as Rilee Rossouw (81 not out) and Tom Abell (48 not out) put on 121 to see Somerset to 166-2 and an eight-wicket victory.

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