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— 13 July 2018

Steve Patterson has urged his Yorkshire players to continue being brave as they look to put Sunday’s Vitality Blast defeat to Birmingham behind them.

The Vikings travel to Emirates Riverside on Friday (6.30pm) to tackle a Durham Jets side who they hammered in their North Group opener on Thursday.

They currently have a won one, lost one record having been beaten by the Bears at Edgbaston. It was a clash in which they were outplayed.

However, captain Patterson refused to look too deeply into it given the quality of cricket they had played just a few days earlier.

This is first of two North Group games in three days as the Vikings face leaders Worcestershire at Blackfinch New Road in front of the TV cameras on Sunday afternoon.

“If we play like we did against Durham, that kind of performance will beat any side. We know that,” said the skipper.

“That’s how good we are at our best. There’s plenty more to come.

“I don’t think you can over-analyse it too much and say ‘We should be better at this or we should be better at that’.

“At the end of the day, in T20, you have to be brave and play with confidence and belief. It worked on Thursday and not on Sunday. We just have to stay calm, confident and keep believing in ourselves.”

Given Yorkshire’s postponement of tomorrow’s (WEDNESDAY) meeting with Derbyshire at Emerald Headingley in order to avoid a clash with England’s World Cup football semi-final against Croatia, it means they have a pretty friendly schedule over the next week and a half.

They face Durham and then Worcestershire before another gap ahead of the Roses at Emirates Old Trafford a week on Friday, when all of their internationals and overseas will be available.

“It certainly allows us a bit of time to practice and continue to work on our skills,” said Patterson, who bemoaned the loss of early wickets on Sunday.

“The first game to Sunday – we batted first in both, got 200 in the first and were short of 160 in the second.

“We were two or three down with two or three overs to go against Durham. It allowed us to play with freedom. At Edgbaston, we didn’t have that opportunity. We were three down in four or five overs and four down in six or seven.

“It’s very difficult to continue going hard and taking risks.”

Yorkshire and Durham will go into the game with identical records.

After losing to Yorkshire, the Jets bounced back on Friday to beat Leicestershire at Grace Road as they comfortably defended a target of 154. South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir starred with 4-14.

One significant positive so far has been Harry Brook, who hit 44 against Durham and 20 at Birmingham in swashbuckling fashion.

Batting at number three, the 19-year-old has shown significant promise in his first two T20 career appearances, with seamer Jack Brooks adding: “Harry’s your modern batter. He’s got a no fear approach.

“He’s not just a powerful hitter, he’s a skilful player who knows how to make big scores, as he has done in all formats at all his age-groups.

“He’s very exciting and has all the shots.

“It’s just a case of when you’re young, you have to pick the right times to use them. If he comes off, he’ll get runs quickly, which is perfect for what we need.

“Number three isn’t an easy position to bat in T20 cricket. He showed his promise first game and hit some nice shots (at Birmingham).”

  • Team news

    First XI coach Andrew Gale makes one change to the 13-man squad which travelled to Birmingham on Sunday.

    Andrew Hodd, who was added as batting cover for Tom Kohler-Cadmore (back) last time out, drops out of the Vikings’ travelling party headed for Durham. Gale will keep tabs on the 2nd XI tomorrow and could add to the squad.

    The Club’s England contingent remain on International duty for tomorrow’s first Royal London One-Day International and will therefore be unavailable.

    Overseas batsman Kane Williamson arrived in the UK yesterday, but won’t come into contention until the Roses T20 at Emirates Old Trafford on Friday July 20. The Tauranga-born 27-year-old will play nine Vitality Blast matches and three Specsavers County Championship fixtures for the Club this summer.

    12-man squad to face Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston

    Gary Ballance
    Tim Bresnan
    Harry Brook
    Jack Brooks
    Ben Coad
    Matthew Fisher
    Tom Kohler-Cadmore
    Jack Leaning
    Adam Lyth
    Steven Patterson (Captain)
    Azeem Rafiq
    Jonny Tattersall (Wicketkeeper).

  • Match statistics

    • This will be Yorkshire’s 31st T20 match against Durham – the most they have played against any county (27 against Nottinghamshire).
    • Durham’s highest score at home against Yorkshire is 215 for six in 2013 but Yorkshire have never scored over 200 in a T20 match at Chester-le-Street.
    • Jonny Bairstow scored 102 not out at Chester-le-Street in 2014 but no Durham batsman has made a century against Yorkshire in T20 cricket, home or away.
    • Richard Pyrah is the only bowler to take five wickets in an innings in T20 matches between these two counties. He took five for 16 at Scarborough in 2011.


    Potential batting milestones in Durham v Yorkshire on 13th Jul 2018

    G Clark needs 23 runs to reach 500 runs in Twenty20 matches

    SW Poynter needs 75 runs to reach 500 runs in Twenty20 matches

    TT Bresnan needs 78 runs to reach 1500 runs in Twenty20 matches

    RD Pringle needs 85 runs to reach 500 runs in Twenty20 matches

    GS Ballance needs 99 runs to reach 1500 runs in Twenty20 matches

    AJ Hodd needs 100 runs to reach 500 runs in Twenty20 matches

    A Lyth needs 115 runs to reach 2000 runs in Twenty20 matches

    BA Stokes needs 117 runs to reach 500 runs in Twenty20 matches at Chester-le-Street

    JE Root needs 131 runs to reach 1500 runs in Twenty20 matches

    AZ Lees needs 143 runs to reach 1000 runs in Twenty20 matches

    Potential bowling milestones in Durham v Yorkshire on 13th Jul 2018

    DJ Willey needs 1 wickets to reach 150 wickets in Twenty20 matches

    Azeem Rafiq needs 6 wickets to reach 100 wickets in Twenty20 matches

    B Stanlake needs 8 wickets to reach 50 wickets in Twenty20 matches

    WR Smith needs 8 wickets to reach 50 wickets in Twenty20 matches

    PD Collingwood needs 8 wickets to reach 50 wickets in Twenty20 matches at Chester-le-Street

    JA Brooks needs 9 wickets to reach 50 wickets in Twenty20 matches

    PD Collingwood needs 10 wickets to reach 100 wickets in Twenty20 matches

    Vitality Blast statistics

    Vitality Blast standings

    Yorkshire’s Vitality Blast statistics

  • The Vikings

    Yorkshire have only reached Finals Day twice since the start of T20 cricket in 2003. They were beaten in the 2012 final by Hampshire at Cardiff and beaten semi-finalists by Durham at Edgbaston in 2016.

    Last season – The Vikings finished fifth in the North Group with six wins and five defeats. They also played out a Roses tie away at Lancashire and had two No Results. That they didn’t qualify was pretty amazing given they topped 200 four times with the bat. They just lost a couple of key games on the road.

    Captain – Steve Patterson.

    Overseas players – Yorkshire are set to go into the Blast with just one overseas, the New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who has returned to Emerald Headingley for a fourth spell. He will play nine group games from July 20 and a potential quarter-final.

    The White Rose had signed towering fast bowler Billy Stanlake, but he was pulled out by Cricket Australia in May. They have opted not to replace him.

  • Big hitter

    Tom Kohler-Cadmore blazed a trail in the recent Royal London One-Day Cup, scoring 472 runs with one century – a career best 164 against Durham. The 23-year-old gained England Lions recognition as a result. A powerful striker who hits particularly well down the ground, Kohler-Cadmore played the majority of last season’s Blast for Yorkshire having moved from Worcestershire.

    He encouraged without dominating. Nicknamed Pepsi, he scored the fastest hundred in English cricket in 2016 when he reached 100 off 43 balls in Worcester’s opening night Blast win over Durham at New Road.

  • Key Bowler

    The obvious choice would come from one of Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid or David Willey, but given they are going to miss the first half of the competition due to England limited overs commitments, let’s delve a bit deeper into the Vikings squad.

    Seamer Matthew Fisher, 20-years-old, took five wickets on his T20 debut against Derbyshire in 2015 and was described by then coach Jason Gillespie as their best bowler in that campaign. Fisher’s development has been stunted by injury since, and he missed the first six weeks of this season with a torn side. But he encouraged in the Royal London One-Day Cup and earned a Lions call-up. Has good pace with plenty of variation.

  • Wild card

    Jonny Tattersall is in his second spell with Yorkshire having been released in 2015 following one first-team appearance. A batsman by trade, Tattersall was invited back to Headingley to play second-team cricket in 2016 and signed a one-year deal ahead of this summer. However, he did so with the Yorkshire coaching staff urging him to work on his little known wicketkeeping skills, something he had done as a kid before giving up.

    He played the second half of the recent One-Day Cup campaign and scored a crucial 52 not out in a final North Group win over Northants to secure a knockout berth and a career best 89 in a losing semi-final cause at Hampshire. The 23-year-old is set to keep his spot for this summer’s Blast.

  • The opposition

    T20 record – Finalists 2016, loss by four wickets to Northamptonshire.
    Last season – 9th
    Captain – Tom Latham
    Overseas Players – Tom Latham and Imran Tahir

    Last time out

  • Big hitter

    Paul Collingwood – In the absence of a power player at the top of the order the onus will fall on Collingwood once again to be Durham’s big hitter in the middle order.

    The club experimented with moving him up the order to open during the Royal London One-Day Cup, although it did not go to plan. Last season in the Blast, Collingwood scored his maiden T20 century.

    He averaged 38.44 in the competition with a strike rate in the 140s, leading all categories for the north-east outfit. Durham will need him to match his boundary rate from the last term when he notched 25 fours and 13 sixes in 11 matches.

  • Key bowler

    Chris Rushworth – Rushworth continues to be his side’s key man at the top of the innings in all formats of the game. He was extremely valuable in the RL50 matches taking nine wickets at an average of 22.44.

    The 31-year-old has not quite been as potent in T20s, but considering the lack of depth in the squad, his side will need both wickets and control in the opening overs. The pressure will be on Rushworth to lead an inexperienced attack against the power hitters of the North Group.

  • Wild card

    Gareth Harte – The South African made an impression during his brief stint in the side in the RL50s. He made vital runs in the lower order in victories over Worcestershire and Northants, displaying the ability to manoeuvre the field and find the boundary when necessary.

    The 25-year-old continued his form in the County Championship, scoring his maiden first-class century in Durham’s incredible fightback against Derbyshire. Harte has the talent and the character for the big occasion, while he can also provide useful overs with his medium pace. He could be a vital man for Jon Lewis’ men in the competition.

    Durham Jets’ Vitality Blast statistics

    Weather forecast


    Thursday will be warm with good sunny periods and some fair-weather cloud, as well as the chance for an isolated shower. Friday will be warm or very warm with sunny spells, but there will be the risk of more widespread heavy showers and thunderstorms developing, and perhaps lingering overnight. Saturday will be warm and dry with lots of sunshine.

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