Despite Monday’s five wickets defeat, Yorkshire remain top of Group A with two matches remaining with the top four from each group progressing while the top two earn home quarter-finals.
But before the Vikings can begin thinking about the next stage of the competition, first team coach Jason Gillespie wants them to learn from their Essex defeat, when they chased down Yorkshire’s impressive total of 290 for six with Tom Westley and Ryan ten Doeschate both scoring centuries in a 209-run partnership.
“We were disappointed but we can take some positives from Essex and in particular how Westley and ten Doeschate played the conditions,” said Gillespie. “They taught our batsmen some good lessons and something we can take into the next game.
“They didn’t allow our bowlers to settle and while I don’t think we bowled badly, I certainly believe we can bowl better than that. If a ball wasn’t quite in the right spot they were punishing it and I thought they batted beautifully.
“When we are looking at areas to improve, we must look to be ruthless with our line and length. We were either too full or short against Essex and I suppose with our batting, although we lost a few early wickets, we could have batted with a little more intent in the middle overs.”
While Essex scored at such a rate that they overhauled Yorkshire’s total with 25 balls remaining, Yorkshire had an 11-over spell when neither captain Andrew Gale or Jack Leaning, who scored his maiden century for the county, registered a boundary.
Victory over Derbyshire should ensure qualification, while another win in their final qualification game against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl on August 21 would guarantee a home quarter-final.
Yorkshire will again be without Jonny Bairstow, who finishes his
involvement with England Lions after Tuesday’s match against New Zealand A at Worcester, but hope he will be available for Friday’s championship match with Sussex at North Marine Road.
Andrew Hodd, who followed up his match-winning display at Leicester, by contributing 42 off 39 balls to a 109-run stand in 13 overs with Leaning against Essex, will continue to deputise.
“Jonny won’t be playing because he’ll have a long drive so we thought it better he’s nicely rested and fresh to play against Sussex on Friday,” added Gillespie. “We have a fantastic keeper-batsman and it’s about looking after out players as well. To give Jonny the best chance of being successful, being in his car for four or five hours is probably not the best preparation for a game.”
Yorkshire Vikings squad remains unchanged against Derbyshire Falcons:
Bresnan, Brooks, Gale*, Fisher, Hodd, Leaning, Lees, Lyth, Patterson, Pyrah, Rashid, Wiliamson.
Tickets for the second match for the Yorkshire Vikings at this year’s Scarborough Cricket Festival will be available at the turnstiles at North Marine Road. Prices are £15 adults and £10 concessions
Full details and all the matchday information can be found here.