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Match Preview: Northamptonshire Steelbacks v Yorkshire Vikings

— 4 August 2014

Jack Leaning says Yorkshire have all the attributes to be one of English cricket’s top dogs in one-day cricket.
The Vikings have made a mixed start to their Royal London one-day Cup, winning one and losing one, and they face a crucial week in their bid for a Lord’s final and then silverware with three Group A matches before the weekend.

The first of those is under lights against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road tomorrow, where Yorkshire have already won in the County Championship and the T20 Blast this summer.

  • Leaning impressed with a half-century in the Championship win there in late May and early June.

    After tomorrow’s match, Yorkshire then host Worcestershire at Headingley on Thursday before travelling to Grace Road to face Leicestershire on Friday.

    “We’ve got one of the strongest sides in the country, there’s no doubt about that,” said Leaning, who scored 56 in last Tuesday’s home one-day defeat against Gloucestershire at Headingley.

    “Gloucester was one of those bad days. It’s not every time you come and play and you click. I’m sure we’ll come back stronger. They just played a lot better than we did.”

    Although Leaning has debuted in all forms of the game in the last couple of summers prior to this, he has played most of his first-team cricket this term, making 2014 his breakthrough season.

    He has scored half-centuries in Championship and one-day cricket in 2014, including 99 in the Championship draw against Sussex at Arundel in mid-June, taking advantage of international call-ups for the likes of Joe Root and Gary Ballance to seal his spot.

    “I’ve felt in a good bit of form recently, so it’s always nice to capitalise on that,” he said.

  • “I’ve still got a lot of learning to do, but as far as I’ve gone so far, I think I’ve held my own and proved that I’m good enough to play.

    “My target at the start of the season was to try and establish myself in the first team.

    “As far as the season’s gone so far, it’s going nicely. Obviously I still need to finish the season well and account for my own performances and game because it’s never a given that you’re going to play every week.”

    And of his 99, he added: “I was disappointed, don’t get me wrong, because I was one run off my maiden first-class hundred. But it’s the team that counts – the runs were counted towards the team score.

    “If somebody had said to me at the start of the game ‘you’ll get 99’, well it’s better than none.”

    Northants have started the competition in identical fashion to Yorkshire, winning one and losing one.

    Yorkshire have made one change to the side that lost to Gloucestershire. Jonathan Bairstow is on international duty with England Lions, he is replaced by Andrew Hodd.

    Bairstow+, Bresnan, Brooks, Gale*, Fisher, Hodd, Leaning, Lees, Lyth, Patterson, Pyrah, Rashid, Wiliamson.