James O’Conner’s D40 Tykes team are bidding to cap a landmark week for Yorkshire Disability Cricket with victory in Sunday’s promotion play-off clash with Middlesex Seconds.
The Tykes are one game away from promotion to the national D40 Quest League, where they would face rivals such as Lancashire and Surrey next season.
That clash comes at Collingham Cricket Club in North Nottinghamshire, a 40-over tie starting at 12pm.
Yorkshire, winners of the Pursuit North League, play Middlesex twos, who won the South. They are aiming to join their first team in the top division of D40 county cricket.
Captain O’Conner and co won six of eight games in the regular season, compared to Middlesex’s three from four in a smaller southern division.
All-rounder O’Conner will lead a side including current and former England stars Alex Jervis, Rob Hewitt and Gordon Laidlaw.
The Tykes have named a 12-player squad plus two reserves.
They are: James O’Conner ©, Gordon Laidlaw, Owen Morris, Cameron Sweeney (w), Cameron Groves, Rob Hewitt, Edward Denton, Jake Shepherdson, Liam Savage, Cameron Cooper, Alex Jervis and John Kenwood Nash. The reserves are Jamie Dillon and Jacob Grimes.
Before that, comes Sky Sports televised ECB Disability Premier League final on Thursday afternoon, which takes place between the Tridents and the Pirates at Bristol.
This competition has been played out over the last few weeks and has brought together the country’s best 64 disabled players, splitting them across four teams.
The Pirates could include four Yorkshire players for the T20 final against the Tridents; Cooper, Jervis, Liam Thomas and Henry Wainman.
England Ashes-winning spinner Wainman has been passed fit to play following injury.
The Thursday afternoon final will be televised live on Sky and precedes England women’s T20 International against India under lights.