Yorkshire will head into Thursday’s Roses match brimming with confidence after a big Vitality Blast win over Leicestershire at Grace Road.

The Vikings won by 54 runs having posted a total of 255-2, the second highest score ever in English T20 history, having started their North Group campaign with a No Result and a defeat.

Leicester responded with 201-4 on a night which saw 456 runs scored and only six wickets fall on a fabulous batting pitch in the East Midlands.

Tom Kohler-Cadmore led from the front with an unbeaten 96, while opening partner Adam Lyth and overseas star Nicholas Pooran also hit blistering half-centuries.

David Willey was then “outstanding” – the words of coach Andrew Gale – in defence of a 256 target, despite going wicketless. The England all-rounder returned figures of 0-23 from four overs.

Gale said: “I thought it was a clinical performance right from the word go.

“The two lads up front performed their roles to perfection. Lythy came out of the blocks and Tom took his time, got in and accelerated.

“It was good to see Pooran get a score and show what he can do.

“Dave Willey was outstanding on a belting pitch. We’ve had 450 runs for about seven or eight wickets or something like that.

“It was a great game of cricket, and to win by 50 odd runs is a big margin in T20.

“We’ll get a lot of confidence from this game because we felt we played quite well (against Derbyshire) on Saturday without getting over the line, and Chesterfield’s a bit of a bogey ground for us.
“We wanted to come here and prove a point, to get that confidence in our game plans, and we did that.

“We got back to Headingley on Thursday full of confidence.”

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