The sun is shining and we are expecting a big crowd this Sunday when the Yorkshire Vikings head to North Marine Road, Scarborough for game two of the Friends Life T20 against Durham Dynamos (2.40pm start).
Both teams will be looking to kick-start their campaign after home defeats on Friday – the Vikings in a close contest against Derbyshire Falcons and Durham losing out to Lancashire Lightning.
The gates at Scarborough open at 12:30pm and we encourage you to get to the ground early to makes sure you get your seat. Tickets are available on the day at the turnstile £15 adults and £10 concessions. Details here.
Fast bowler Jack Brooks says Yorkshire can take heart from their performance in adversity with the ball during last night’s Friends Life t20 opening night defeat against Derbyshire at Headingley.
The ex-Northamptonshire quick took four wickets in nine balls as the Vikings nearly defended 120, giving them something to build on ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Durham Dynamos at Scarborough.
The Falcons recovered from 70-7 in the 13th over and 92-8 after 17 to get home by two wickets with three balls to spare thanks in the main to a lusty 35 from Jon Clare.
Durham also lost their North Division opener against Lancashire at Emirates Durham last night.
And Brooks said: “No one likes losing, but if you’re going to lose you want it to be a close game where you’ve given it your all rather than them walking off with nine overs to go. if that had happened we’d all be in the changing room pretty worried.
“A lot of questions were asked about this year’s tournament with the players we’ve lost, but we’ve got to go in with what we’ve got. We showed that when our backs are against the wall, we’re going to compete.”
A return of 4-21 represented the 29-year-old’s career best in this format, one he has not actually played that much in.
He had not broken into the Northants side when they made their only Finals Day appearance in 2009, and last night’s clash was only the Oxford-born player’s 34th appearance across four seasons.
There are a number of buzz words or phrases attached to Twenty20 in dressing rooms across the world. One is ‘momentum’ and another is ‘knowing your role in the team’.
And while the Vikings are still searching for the former, Brooks is certainly confident his team-mates are aware of the latter having done so well last year both at home and abroad.
He added: “I’m one of the new guys, but it’s quite easy sometimes to come into a successful team.
“You know what the tactics are, you know the roles the people play and that makes it a lot easier, especially when you have clarification on your own role.
“I turned up at the ground in plenty of time and was told exactly what my role was and what I was going to be doing. We are missing two or three international class players from last year that got them to finals day, but it gives a chance to other guys.”
The Vikings have named a 13-man squad for the match. Jonny Bairstow, who played against Derbyshire on Friday at Headingley has returned to the England camp for their warm-up game against Essex ahead of Test series against Australia and seamer Iain Wardlaw has teamed up with Scotland for their One-Day series against Kenya.
If you can’t make it to any of the Friends Life T20 games you can hear ball by ball commentary on Yorkshire Radio – Official Media Partner of YCCC with summary from former Yorkshire Captain Anthony McGrath.
You can listen to Yorkshire Radio on DAB across Yorkshire, Sky Channel 0209, on-line at www.yorkshireradio.net and on free apps for iphone and android smart phones. Plus don’t miss hearing from the squad and management every Monday at 6pm on The Yorkshire Radio Cricket Show.