Yorkshire Vikings entertain Lancashire Lighting at Headingley on Friday night in their latest Friends Life T20 match (5.40pm start).
With a full house of 15,000 expected, the Vikings are in need of their first win of the 2013 campaign. Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie reveals how the players are preparing for battle.
Q: How would you assess the season so far?
A: “We are none and two, which is disappointing and we are in need of a win. We haven’t put the runs on the board in our first two games. Both games we batted first and we were a good 30-40 runs short. The positive aspect is that we have taken the game to the last over. Our bowling and fielding have been very good.
“We need to nail our end of innings bowling, which the lads are really working hard at. If we can iron out our faults we know we will be in the mix.
“I’m pleased with the attitude and effort shown by the players and they are giving everything. We are just in need of some luck, apply ourselves with more intent and hopefully the results will start to come through.”
Q: Have there been some harsh words said in the dressing room?
A: “I’m not one for shouting. Shouting gets you nowhere in life. We have had some good discussions amongst the group after games, which has been really fruitful. No one means to lose games or fail. The key is to find ways from avoiding it happening on a regular bases. There have been some good honest chats in the dressing room and we need to do that. It is important we keep communicating and come up with some solutions to improve our game and get some momentum.”
Q: How much will the team relish playing in front of a full house at Headingley?
A: “You can’t beat matches against Lancashire. They are always well supported and it should be a cracking atmosphere at Headingley on Friday. It will give the team an extra lift knowing there will be a sell-out crowd.
“We have a good week of training coming up and we can start putting into practice some of the words we have been talking about. We will head into the game with a clear head and raring to go.”
Q: Will you look to make any changes to the team?
A: “At this stage, we are just waiting to see. We have a couple of guys still out through injury.
“Phil Jaques is making progress. He had a hit in the nets this morning and is feeling really good. We will continue to monitor how he is going and hopefully he’ll be up for selection on Friday.
“Iain Wardlaw is back in the squad after playing a vital role in Scotland’s victory over Kenya. We have a few options so we will see how the week progresses.”
Tickets for this Friday’s Friends Life T20 match against Lancashire Lighting are still available priced £17 adults and £10 concessions. Click here to book now.
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.