Defining week coming up with Lancashire first up on the menu— 26 June 2014
Yorkshire face a defining eight days in their NatWest T20 Blast campaign, starting with old foes Lancashire Lightning at a sold out Headingley tomorrow.
The Vikings host Glen Chapple’s North Division pacesetters in the first of five matches between now and next Friday as they look to build on an encouraging start which has brought them seven points from five matches so far.
Yorkshire then travel to Trent Bridge to face Nottinghamshire on Saturday, host Leicestershire and Durham on Tuesday and Wednesday before travelling to New Road to face Worcestershire on Friday.
Worcestershire and Lancashire have both won six out of eight matches this season, whereas Yorkshire have won three from five with a No Result included.
“With five Twenty20s, it’s an important week for us,” said Rich Pyrah, Yorkshire’s leading wicket-taker in the Blast with six from four matches.
“If we can get on a roll, then it puts us in a good position in the league to qualify.
“We seem to have a bit of momentum like we had in 2012 (when we reached Finals Day). It’s a different team now, but we’ve got that winning mentality back.”
Pyrah has only batted twice so far in the competition, including once against the Lightning at Emirates Old Trafford at the start of the month when he hit the winning runs in pursuit of 180 – a six over cover off Kabir Ali.
“At least I wasn’t involved in any of it this time. I kept well out of it! But yes, it was special.”
The Vikings have named a 14-man squad for the visit of the Lightning. Seamer Jack Brooks is rested and Ryan Sidebottom is included after returning from a hamstring injury in the LV= Championship victory against Warwickshire earlier this week.
Yorkshire squad versus Lancashire Lightning:
Bairstow, Bresnan, Finch, Gale (capt), Hodd, Leaning, Lees, Lyth, Patterson, Pyrah, Rafiq, Rashid, Robinson, Sidebottom.