Yorkshire v Lancashire in the Royal London one-day Cup. A sunny Easter Sunday at Emerald Headingley. Mat Pillans is not the only one who can’t wait!

The first Roses clash of 2019 is already a crunch clash in the North Group, and a bumper crowd is expected (11am start).

Yorkshire are looking to turn an encouraging start into a good one having claimed three points from their opening two fixtures, while Lancashire are teetering having lost two from two.

Australian overseas star Glenn Maxwell has crossed the divide and will line up for Lancashire against the county he represented in 2015.

And Pillans is in line for his first taste of the old rivalry.

The Durban-born quick, a late season signing from Surrey last year, is in excellent form with the ball having taken eight wickets in his two outings so far.

His 5-29 in Wednesday’s win over Leicestershire at Headingley was a career best.

“It was nice to get my cb in my first game for the Vikings, and I’m just taking more confidence game by game,” said the affable fast bowler.

“It makes it easier when you come on after Steve Patterson, and everyone is contributing around the team, which makes it easier to do our jobs.

“It’s every bowler’s job to get wickets, and the more I get the better for me.

“But if I have to hold up an end and let the others get the wickets, I’ll do that too.

“We’re just a very settled attack. Guys know their roles, and it’s a very happy place at the moment.”
He continued: “Roses match. Derby day. It should be good. I’m looking forward to it.

“I’m definitely going to be vying for a spot (in the team). I’d like to experience the Roses atmosphere.”

Pillans claimed three wickets in yesterday’s tie against Warwickshire at Edgbaston and was there at the end as the Vikings recovered from 89-5 to close in on a 271 target.

But, with three needed from three balls, he fell caught at mid-off to leave last pair Steve Patterson and Josh Poysden needing three from two balls against young fast bowler Henry Brookes.

“That was rather frustrating!” he added.

“I felt the ball was there to go at the end and got it a bit high on the bat, unfortunately. I was extremely disappointed.

“At half-time, we were quite happy with their score because the wicket was quite difficult.

“The five wickets falling so quickly wasn’t great for us, but Tim Bresnan and Jonny Tattersall came in and showed their class to get us back into it.”

Lancashire, meanwhile, lost by eleven runs to Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge as they chased 418. Steven Croft and captain Dane Vilas hit centuries.

The Red Rose have Jimmy Anderson available to them ahead of England’s Ashes series in August.

Yorkshire have not lost to Lancashire in List A cricket since 2008, and not since 2002 have they been beaten at Headingley by their arch-rivals.

The White Rose have won four straight matches since 2014, three of them at Old Trafford.

Team news

Two changes to a now 14-man squad to face arch-rivals Lancashire at Emerald Headingley. All-rounder Matthew Waite makes way for pace man Jared Warner and in-form Jack Leaning.

Ben Coad continues his period of rest after a productive start to four-day cricket, with First XI coach Andrew Gale looking to share the bowling workload during the early stages of the campaign.

Seamer Matthew Fisher, six weeks after fracturing his thumb, is closing in on a return and could play some Second XI cricket next week.

James Logan (broken thumb) is just over three weeks post op and is at least another 3-5 weeks away from a return to any competitive cricket.

Josh Shaw, who returned from his one-match loan period with Gloucestershire last week, picked up a quad injury and is expected to be on the sidelines for at least a month.


Gary Ballance
Tim Bresnan
Harry Brook
Jack Leaning
Adam Lyth
Duanne Olivier
Steven Patterson (Captain)
Mat Pillans
Josh Poysden
Adil Rashid
Jonathan Tattersall (Wicketkeeper)
Tom Kohler-Cadmore
Jared Warner
David Willey

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.
  • The two highest totals in all List A matches between these two counties were both scored at Old Trafford in the match in 2018 when Yorkshire (379-7) beat Lancashire (363) by 16 runs. Yorkshire’s total is its highest against any first-class county in all List A cricket.
  • The 2018 game produced a match aggregate of 742 runs and this is the record for any List A match involving Yorkshire, the previous record being beaten by 46 runs.
  • In the same game David Willey scored 131 and took four for 59. No Lancashire player has achieved a half-century and four wickets in the same match against Yorkshire.
  • The score of 144 made by Adam Lyth in the same match is now the record for all List A matches for either county in this series of Roses matches.
  • Darren Gough’s hat-trick for Yorkshire against Lancashire at Headingley in 1998 is one of four achieved by Yorkshire bowlers in all List A cricket but no Lancashire bowler has yet to achieve the feat against any opponent.


Potential batting milestones in Yorkshire v Lancashire on 21st Apr 2019

JP Faulkner needs 64 runs to reach 2000 runs in List A matches

AU Rashid needs 75 runs to reach 500 runs in List A matches at Leeds

H Hameed needs 77 runs to reach 500 runs in List A matches

KK Jennings needs 85 runs to reach 2000 runs in List A matches

AL Davies needs 120 runs to reach 1500 runs in List A matches

SJ Croft needs 122 runs to reach 4000 runs in List A matches

JM Anderson needs 123 runs to reach 500 runs in List A matches

A Lyth needs 142 runs to reach 500 runs in List A matches against Lancashire

TT Bresnan needs 143 runs to reach 1000 runs in List A matches at Leeds

Royal London One-Day Cup competition statistics

Royal London One-Day Cup standings

The opposition

  • Director of cricket: Paul Allott, First-team coach: Glen Chapple
  • Captain: Dane Vilas
  • 2018: CC 7th in Div 1, RL50 6th in North, T20 SF

Their main aim is promotion back to Division One of the County Championship.

They finished last season level on points with third-placed Notts but went down having won fewer matches. They were also hurt by a docked point due to slow over-rate in the mid-summer defeat against Yorkshire at Old Trafford.

Lancashire are regular challengers in the Vitality Blast – they reached Finals Day last summer – but have struggled to make an impression on the Royal London one-day Cup in recent times. It has been the exact opposite for Yorkshire.

All-rounder Jordan Clark was the standout winter departure to Surrey, while they have recruited former White Rose overseas all-rounder Glenn Maxwell to play in all formats around international commitments.

Another Aussie, Joe Burns, will play early summer Championship cricket for a side now captained by Dane Vilas. Liam Livingstone stepped down to concentrate on his form. Batting all-rounder Josh Bohannon is one to watch after a fine start to life in the first team late last summer.

Last time out

Yorkshire secured a record-breaking Royal London One-Day Cup win over Lancashire by 16 runs with an over to spare at Emirates Old Trafford to maintain their hopes of knockout qualification.

Adam Lyth and David Willey both smashed centuries as the Vikings posted 379-7, their highest ever List A score against another county.

Opener Lyth recorded a career best 144 off 132 balls and Willey 131 off 95 from number three in the order, including seven of nine sixes in the innings.

Lancashire then raced to 144-1 inside 18 overs of their reply and reached halfway at 215-2 before slipping to 363 all out in the face of scoreboard pressure, although they took the target to 21 off two overs with two wickets left.

Liam Livingstone and Keaton Jennings hit 79 and 69, but they realistically needed to match Lyth and Willey. Adil Rashid finished with 3-64 from his 10 overs and Willey 4-59 from 9.5.

Ways to follow

You can folllow the match via our Matchday Blog on yorkshireccc.com, via our Twitter feed @yorkshireccc or by listening to ball-by-ball radio commentary courtesy of the BBC.

You can also watch via our free live stream below…


Spectator Guide: Yorkshire Vikings v Lancashire Lightning

Find out all you need to know ahead of the fixture at Emerald Headingley on Sunday, Yorkshire Vikings against Lancashire Lightning in the Royal London One Day Cup.

Spectator Guide



Early areas of mist, fog and low cloud will lift to leave another dry, fine and warm day with lots of sunshine. A light south-easterly breeze.


Staying dry and fine this evening with plenty of late sunshine. It will then remain dry through tonight with mainly clear skies, but also a few mist patches possibly forming.

An image of Lauren Winfield-Hill and Adil Rashid, with the Yorkshire logo and Northern Diamonds logo in the middle

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