A very young Yorkshire squad arrived in Barbados last night for their final pre-season touches, the highlight of which is a Twenty20 Cup involving seven other sides, including Derbyshire, Essex, Hampshire and Warwickshire.
With Tim Bresnan, Ajmal Shahzad, Adam Lyth, Jonathan Bairstow, Adil Rashid and captain, Andrew Gale, all on international duty there is plenty of incentive for some of the youngsters in the Yorkshire camp to stake a place for 1st Team selection.
The youngest of them all is Alex Lilley. The left-arm seamer is a last minute replacement for Ben Sanderson who underwent surgery on a perforated appendix towards the end of last week.
The Yorkshire squad in Barbados: Moin Ashraf, Gary Ballance, John Blain, Gerard Brophy, Oliver Hannon-Dalby, Lee Hodgson, James Lee, Alex Lilley, Steve Patterson, Richard Pyrah, Azeem Rafiq, Gurman Randhawa, Joe Root, Joe Sayers, Ryan Sidebottom and David Wainwright.
Anthony McGrath is also in the Caribbean, but will not be playing in any of the matches after undergoing knee surgery recently.
The Twenty20 Cup
The Twenty20 Cup, played over the middle weekend of the trip (19 & 20 March) at the Kensington Oval pits Yorkshire against Hampshire on the Saturday. The winner qualifies for Finals Day on Sunday – the loser is relegated to contest a Plate Semi-Final.
Saturday 19 March
0900 Univ of West Indies v Minister of Tourism XI
1230 Hampshire v Yorkshire
1600 Derbyshire v Essex
1930 Barbados v Warwickshire
Sunday 20 March
900 Winner v Winner in 1st Semi Final of Twenty20 Cup
1230 Winner v Winner in 2nd Semi Final of Twenty20 Cup
1600 Plate Final
19.30 Twenty20 Cup Final
(The Plate Semi-Finals will be played at outgrounds, both commencing at 1000 on Sunday.)
2 day intersquad match played on 16 and 17 March
Yorkshire v Warwickshire Pro 40 – 22 March
Pro40 intersquad match played on 23 March
The squad start their tour with back-to-back practice sessions at Banks Cricket Club on Monday and Tuesday. You can follow the tour every step of the way on the official Yorkshire CCC Twitter feed, facebook and White Rose TV. In addition there will be regular updates on Yorkshire Radio, an Official Media Partner of YCCC.