Tom Kohler-Cadmore says he won’t be shy to come from left field during his short spell as Yorkshire’s captain in the early stages of the Vitality Blast, starting tomorrow.

Kohler-Cadmore will take on leadership duties, with Steve Patterson opting for a period of rest.

Yorkshire start their North Group campaign with three games in five days, following tomorrow’s clash with Nottinghamshire at Emerald Headingley (6.30pm) with trips to face Derbyshire at Chesterfield and Leicestershire at Grace Road on Saturday and Tuesday.

Opening batsman Kohler-Cadmore led the Vikings in the final Royal London one-day Cup game against Durham at Headingley in May, a fixture which ended as a No Result – and he is delighted to have been asked to resume in the role.

The 24-year-old heads into the Blast brimming with confidence after his 102 in the County Championship win over Somerset at Headingley earlier this week.

“It’s a great honour to be asked to do it, and it’s nice to have the backing,” he said. “It gives you such confidence going out there.

“I’m not sure if it had anything to do with it, but I got told on Friday and went out on Saturday and scored runs.

“It maybe makes you stand that little bit taller. Hopefully with the responsibility, I can go out and do it for them and repay the faith the coaches and Steve Patterson have shown in me.

“With Patto, we’ve been speaking about some new things which can improve us from last year.

“It’s going to be slightly different from previous years.

“We haven’t got out of the group stages in the last couple, and that’s something we’ve identified.

“We’ve got a few little tweaks here and there. Being more aggressive in the field and with the ball is a big thing, taking it to them. We want to take wickets and stunning catches and be the aggressors.

“In white ball cricket, if you think out of the box sometimes, it can make a difference to a game. I’m excited to do things slightly differently to the norm. Hopefully it pays off in our favour.”

While Yorkshire are aiming for a third Finals Day appearance this coming September, it would be Kohler-Cadmore’s first.

Last September, with the Vikings being knocked out in the group stages, he was sat at home in front of the TV watching former county Worcestershire beat Sussex to win the crown, something he describes as a significant motivator.

“It was massive,” he added.

“Whenever you watch Finals Day any year, no matter who’s in it, you want to be there.

“Worcester last year, I had a bit more interest. But the atmosphere of it all, the occasion. If you’re in the final, the crowd’s absolutely buzzing. For me, it’s what you want to play cricket in front of.

“It’s like the Roses game here, which is huge and we can’t wait for it. But Finals Day is bigger – just because you’ve got people buzzing all day long.

“The Roses game only lasts for three hours. Finals Day is six or seven hours of absolute carnage.

“It would be brilliant to get there. Consistent cricket gets you there. Then it’s about whoever plays best on the day.

“I want Worcester to do brilliantly, apart from against us. If we’re not going to win it, I’d want them to.

“I always look out for those boys, so I was on the edge of my seat. I was over the moon for them because I know how hard they work. Like everyone does, they’d built towards silverware. It was nice to see them get rewarded.”

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