Andrew Gale was understandably frustrated after Sunday’s Roses defeat, Yorkshire’s second near miss in three days over the Easter weekend. But he refused to be too downbeat as he contemplated how close they had come to victories over Warwickshire and Lancashire without playing to anywhere near their best.

Coach Gale has demanded more from his players after a win, a tie and a loss from their first three Royal London one-day Cup North Group outings.

After hammering Leicestershire by 213 runs in last Wednesday’s opener at Emerald Headingley, the Vikings missed opportunities to beat the Bears and then the Red Rose.

Both games saw Yorkshire with obvious chances for victory, only for them to pass by.

And Gale insists his players had not even gone three quarters of the way to reaching their full capabilities.

Now, with Derbyshire the visitors to Headingley on Friday, they can’t afford to let the same thing happen again.

Last year, for example, no side in either group secured a top three berth and knockout cricket with fewer than five wins.

That means the Vikings may have to win four out of their remaining five fixtures to advance.

“The last two games, we’ve been nowhere near our best. I reckon we’ve played to 70 percent of our ability,” said Gale.

“The first game (against Leicestershire), we played really well and put a marker down. And we haven’t been able to back that up.

“But there’s five games left in the competition. There’s still a lot of cricket. I’m confident that the boys will turn that around and get their thought processes right and their skills right under pressure.”

Gale said Yorkshire made costly mistakes in both innings against Lancashire, when the visitors posted 311-6 and defended their target off the last ball when they bowled Yorkshire out for 310.

“We were under par in a few departments,” he reflected.

“We did some good stuff. I thought the first half up until the last few overs, we were excellent. We would have settled for 280 or 290.

“Then, just as we were starting to get into the game in the second half, we made some stupid errors.

“We talk about being smart in the dressing room, and to get over the line in big chases, you need to be smart. There were periods where we weren’t, taking the long boundary on, taking the spinner on, whatever.

“We’re doing a lot of things right, but those key moments in the game, we’re just not making good decisions.”

Adam Lyth captained the Vikings on Sunday, with Steve Patterson rested after a busy start to the season across County Championship and one-day cricket.

“Patto will be back Friday,” said Gale. “We just saw it as an opportunity where he could get a full week’s rest.

“He’s not the youngest in our squad, so it’s key he gets a decent rest period.”

While the four days between fixtures allowed a number of players to rest, Harry Brook scored 144 in a second-team one-day game against Nottinghamshire at York on Tuesday, which the hosts won having scored 402-6.

England’s David Willey is set for his final county appearance before the summer Internationals begin at the start of next month. But Adil Rashid is unavailable.

Derbyshire are today playing their third group match against Leicestershire at Grace Road. They won their first against Northamptonshire and lost their second to Notts.

New Zealand fast bowler Logan van Beek is their overseas player for the entirety of the summer.

Team news

First XI coach Andrew Gale makes two changes to the squad named for the Roses match on Easter Sunday. Adil Rashid and Jared Warner are replaced by Ben Coad and Matthew Waite for the visit of Derbyshire.

As was pre-agreed with England cricket management, leg-spinning all-rounder Rashid played a third and final 50-over fixture for the Vikings in last Sunday’s defeat to rivals Lancashire.

David Willey has opted to play one final game, before linking up with the international side in Cardiff on Saturday.

Ben Coad, who bowled six overs in the Club’s 264-run Second XI Trophy victory over Notts is also included in the squad after a period of rest. As is Matthew Waite, who recorded figures of 5-0-30-3 in the same contest.

Seamer Matthew Fisher (fractured thumb) played league cricket on Saturday and is scheduled to play for the Second XI, who entertain Notts in the Second XI Cup at Harrogate today.

James Logan (broken thumb) is just over four weeks post op and is at least another 2-4 weeks weeks away from a return to any competitive cricket.

Josh Shaw remains sidelined with a quad injury sustained while on loan with Gloucestershire and is expected to be out for another three weeks at least.

14-MAN SQUAD TO FACE DERBYSHIRE

Gary Ballance
Tim Bresnan
Harry Brook
Ben Coad
Jack Leaning
Adam Lyth
Duanne Olivier
Steven Patterson (Captain)
Mat Pillans
Josh Poysden
Jonathan Tattersall (Wicketkeeper)
Tom Kohler-Cadmore
Matthew Waite
David Willey

Jonathan Doidge says…

After the tension of the last two matches, the Vikings will be aiming to steer their Royal London One Day Cup ship into calmer waters with Friday’s visit of Derbyshire.

The Falcons went above Yorkshire in the table courtesy of their second win in the competition, having beaten Leicestershire by Duckworth-Lewis on Wednesday. Skipper Billy Godleman scored a hundred there, and both Wayne Madsen and Leus du Plooy added half centuries, while six of their seven bowlers took wickets in the Foxes’ innings.

The visitors should be full of confidence after that but, while Yorkshire have not been at their best since their own thrashing of Leicester last week, they have shown enough to suggest that they are capable of winning this.

There will need to be some tightening up in the field, where errors cost vital runs in the Edgbaston tie in particular, while as Andrew Gale has suggested, playing ‘smarter’ at times with both bat and ball, and making better decisions, will allow the team to get much closer to its true potential.

With no Adil Rashid, the Vikings will be keen to make to most of the presence of David Willey, who will play his last game for some time due to rejoining England. Skipper Steve Patterson’s steadying influence with the ball will be welcomed as he returns, but it is unlikely that there will be wholesale changes to the side beaten on Easter Sunday.

Yorkshire’s Royal London One-Day Cup statistics

Match statistics

  • Yorkshire have won all of the last four List A matches between these two counties.
  • With a win ratio of 69%, Yorkshire has a better List A record against Derbyshire than any other first-class county.
  • In the 2017 List A match between these two counties at Headingley both sides exceeded 300, neither ever having previously done so on any ground?
  • Yorkshire’s first-ever hat-trick in List A cricket came against Derbyshire – in 1982 at Derby, the bowler being Paul Jarvis.
  • In 2010 Steven Patterson took six for 32 against Derbyshire at Headingley but no Derbyshire bowler has taken even five wickets in an away match against Yorkshire, the best being four for 20 by Fred Rumsey at Bradford in 1973.
  • Wicket-keeper David Bairstow made five dismissals for Yorkshire against Derbyshire at Bradford in 1975. He is the only ‘keeper to take more than three dismissals for either county in this series of List A matches.

Milestones

Potential batting milestones in Yorkshire v Derbyshire on 26th Apr 2019

  • WL Madsen needs 10 runs to reach 3000 runs in List A matches
  • AU Rashid needs 58 runs to reach 500 runs in List A matches at Leeds
  • LV van Beek needs 80 runs to reach 500 runs in List A matches
  • WL Madsen needs 117 runs to reach 500 runs in List A matches against Yorkshire
  • TT Bresnan needs 132 runs to reach 1000 runs in List A matches at Leeds
  • GS Ballance needs 136 runs to reach 500 runs in List A matches against Derbyshire

Potential bowling milestones in Yorkshire v Derbyshire on 26th Apr 2019

  • D Smit needs 5 wickets to reach 50 wickets in List A matches
  • AL Hughes needs 8 wickets to reach 50 wickets in List A matches

Royal London One-Day Cup competition statistics

Royal London One-Day Cup standings

The opposition

  • Head of Cricket: Dave Houghton, T20 Blast coach: Dominic Cork
  • Captain: Billy Godleman (CC/RL50)
  • 2018: CC 7th in Div 2, RL50 5th in North, T20 7th in North
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