Match preview: Vikings v Bears— 17 July 2014
Jason Gillespie is backing compatriot Aaron Finch to put a recent run of low scores behind him and help Yorkshire confirm their place in the NatWest T20 Blast quarter-finals in the final two North Division matches, starting tomorrow against Birmingham Bears at Headingley.
“Aaron’s been out three times off the back of his bat, maybe through the slowness of the wickets, which could have caught him by surprise a bit. He’s very aware of it,” said Gillespie, who has seen Finch return some excellent statistics from the middle order in LV= County Championship cricket during the last six weeks.
“When he looks to play down the ground, that’s when he’s at his most dangerous. He’s a class act, and he’s working incredibly hard.
“He’s had a match-winning knock for us already in T20, and I’m sure there will be some more before he leaves us. Hopefully he can score some big runs at the right time.”
Yorkshire go in search of their seventh win from their 13th match, their penultimate North Division fixture against a Bears side who remain in quarter-final contention themselves having won five from 12.
They beat local rivals Worcestershire by five wickets in pursuit of 176 at Edgbaston last time out, and currently sit fifth in the North Division, two points off fourth place and a last eight spot.
Yorkshire have named an unchanged squad for the match against Birmingham Bears.
Bairstow, Bresnan, Brooks, Finch, Gale, Leaning, Lees, Lyth, Pyrah, Rafiq, Rashid, Robinson, Sidebottom, Williamson.
Ambrose, Best, Chopra, Clarke, Coleman, Evans, Gordon, Hannon-Dalby, Javid, Patel, Porterfield, Rankin, Webb.
Tickets for the match will be available on the day via the turnstiles at Kirkstall Lane and St Michael’s Lane. Prices are £22 adult and £15 concessions.
Alternatively, book online before 11.59pm on Thursday night and get your tickets at a cheaper rate.