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Vikings to reset ahead of Grace Road trip

— 12 August 2017

Liam Plunkett says Yorkshire must “reset” after their stunning Roses victory as they prepare to face Leicestershire at Grace Road tomorrow in their penultimate NatWest T20 Blast group fixture.

England all-rounder Plunkett, 32, returned to the Vikings team for only his second Blast appearance of the season against Lancashire at Headingley, taking 1-29 from three overs.

Plunkett has been out of action with groin and hamstring injuries during the last month.

The Roses win ended a three-game losing streak and puts Yorkshire back in the top four places in the North Group, which would bring a quarter-final berth.

They face a Leicester side who have slipped badly after an excellent start to their campaign. The Foxes sit on eleven points from as many games and need to win.

“You will take confidence into tomorrow as a player and team, but you have to reset,” said Plunkett.

“It sets us up nicely, but we have to go again and be ready from ball one.

“Leicester have played some good cricket. They may have lost a few recently, but they’re a dangerous team. We have to respect them.”

Plunkett hailed Tim Bresnan’s six-wicket display in defending 183 against the Lightning and also Jack Leaning’s deep cover catch, one-handed to get rid of Arron Lilley off his bowling, as “one of the best you will ever see”.

“It was a great crowd, fantastic atmosphere. It was exciting,” said Plunkett.

“It was a good game, but with a bit of weather around. We started well with the bat and struggled a bit. 180 seemed to be a good score. Then captain marvel had a great night with the ball.

“It’s great to win those games.

“Those games don’t come around that often as they did for Brezzy there. He stood up and won that game at the end. Hats off to him.”

On his own performance – this was his first match in nearly a fortnight – he added: “I felt I hit rhythm early and tried to be aggressive.

“There were a couple of fours that sliced off the edge. I was happy. I look forward to building on that tomorrow.”

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