By Graham Hardcastle

Jonny Tattersall remains confident Yorkshire can recover from a difficult start to this summer’s Vitality Blast and reach the quarter-finals.

The Vikings have only won one of their first seven games in the North Group, losing three added to two no results and a tie.

They begin the second half of their campaign with the toughest assignment possible – against group leaders Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford on Friday (6.30pm).

The vast majority of a sold out 23,500 crowd will be baying for White Rose blood, but wicketkeeper-batsman Tattersall insists:
“We owe them having lost the last three against them in this competition.

“I’ve always thought there’s two ways of qualifying for the quarter-finals.

“One, start off really well like Worcestershire and Lancashire and get a cushion. Or you come up on the rails late on and build some momentum.

“For whatever reason, we’re just not quite producing it at the minute, which is frustrating because we know we’ve got a fantastic side. We’re just not putting it together for a full game.

“It’s been the story of our white-ball season. It happened in the 50-over comp as well. We’d not quite chase them down or we’d not quite defend targets that we should do. It’s happening again. We need to rectify it quickly.

“Then, anything can happen in Twenty20. If we get on a roll, you never know.”

Tattersall continued: “When we find that winning result, we need to back it up in the next game.

“For as long as I’ve been around, we’ve struggled with that. We’d win one, lose one. We’ve never really had that momentum of winning three, four or five games on the bounce.

“But if we can find that, we can qualify for the quarter-finals.”

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