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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: WORCESTERSHIRE RAPIDS V YORKSHIRE VIKINGS

— 14 July 2018

Andrew Gale believes Yorkshire’s come from behind 10-run win over Durham at Emirates Riverside could be one of huge significance come the end of this summer’s Vitality Blast.

The Vikings coach was delighted to see his side roll with the punches against a Jets side who snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

With the bat, Yorkshire were 104-5 early in the 16th over and in danger of falling short before Tim Bresnan and Jonny Tattersall shared 51 in 4.3 overs to boost the total to 157-6.

With the ball, they then saw their hosts reach halfway at 74-0.

Let’s face it, from that position, the batting team will win more often than not.

Not this time, however, as Yorkshire won for the second time in three North Group matches, giving them the ideal platform to attack leaders Worcestershire at Blackfinch New Road tomorrow (1pm).

The likes of Bresnan, who returned 2-19 from four overs to add to his earlier unbeaten 28, Matthew Fisher, Steve Patterson, Azeem Rafiq and even Adam Lyth contributed as the Jets crumbled and failed to get 15 off the last over, finishing on 147-6.

“This year we’ve won the nippers in white ball cricket,” said Gale.

“We won a lot of nippers in the 50-over competition, and that’s the first one in T20.

“They’re the games we look back on over the competition and say ‘We should have won that, we should have won that’. Thankfully, we have done.

“Last year, we came here and should have won. We went to Leicester and should have won that, Chesterfield the same.

“They’re the games you scratch your head at come the end of the tournament if you don’t qualify.

“If you win the tight games, it almost gives you more confidence.

“I thought it was a real good team performance.

“We made an effort at the start of the comp not to bring an extra overseas player in (to replace Billy Stanlake) and we’d back our own lads.

“So far, every single one of them has stood up.

“We started the game well. We got 46 in the power play, but we lost our way in the middle and didn’t control the game.

“We had a really good finish to our innings with the bat.

“The par score here is about 155, so we felt we were about par.

“We didn’t start as well as we’d have liked with the ball, but out of the power play we were outstanding.

“Bres and Patto showed their experience to close the game out.

“Bres is an experienced performer, he’s a wily campaigner. It’s good to see him in the runs and wickets. That can only be good for us going forward.

“That was the difference between the two sides – when we were under pressure there, we had a clear plan and we could see what everyone was trying to do.

“I thought Durham lost their way a little bit when it started to go around their park at the back end of their innings. That’s really encouraging.”

Bresnan, named as the man-of-the-match by the umpires, said: “I thought the clincher was probably Lythy’s over which went for six to the short boundary (Durham were 103-3 after 14 before Lyth took the ball and restricted Paul Collingwood and Will Smith).

“Patto took a chance that could have gone wrong. But that’s the game. You roll the dice.

“Rafa also contributed before myself and Steve finished it off.

“When you’re defending a lowish total – 158, it didn’t used to be low, but these days it is – you need a lot of experience, and we used the dimensions of the ground well.

“We were kind of struggling a little bit to post a total with the bat.

“As soon as I got out there, I said to Jonny Tatts ‘Let’s aim for 145-150 and see what happens’.

“To get 50 odd from the last four was a great effort, especially with the ground as big as it is.”

Worcestershire, boosted by overseas batting duo Martin Guptill and Travis Head, have now won four from four at the start of the Blast, but Yorkshire will head into the televised clash in buoyant mood.

This is the last fixture Yorkshire will have to do without their England white ball internationals.

Bresnan said: “We’re sort of waiting on some personnel to return, so it would be nice to go a long way to securing qualification before they even arrive.

“There’s going to be some tough selections!

“Worcester are a great one-day side.

“They know exactly what they’re doing, are very experienced and are tough to beat at home.

“Hopefully we can go there and someone can jump up and put in a match-winning performance.”

  • Team news

    First XI coach Andrew Gale has included Matthew Waite in a 14-man squad for the Vitality Blast trip to New Road, Worcester.

    All-rounder Waite is set to make his first appearance of the season in the First XI, having struggled with an ankle injury for the second half of last summer.

    His inclusion comes as a result of Matthew Fisher’s call up to the England Lions squad for their four-day match against India A, which begins on Monday, July 16, also at Blackfinch New Road.

    Josh Shaw and Jordan Thompson, who were drafted in to the playing group on Friday, remain will also travel.

    The Club’s England contingent remain on International duty and will therefore be unavailable.

    Overseas batsman Kane Williamson arrived in the UK last week, but won’t come into contention until the Roses T20 at Emirates Old Trafford on Friday July 20.

    14-MAN SQUAD TO FACE WORCESTERSHIRE RAPIDS AT NEW ROAD

    Gary Ballance
    Tim Bresnan
    Harry Brook
    Jack Brooks
    Ben Coad
    Tom Kohler-Cadmore
    Jack Leaning
    Adam Lyth
    Steven Patterson ©
    Azeem Rafiq
    Josh Shaw
    Jonny Tattersall (wk)
    Jordan Thompson
    Matthew Waite

  • Match statistics

    • Of the regular members of the Northern Group, Yorkshire have played fewer games against Worcestershire than any other county.
    • Yorkshire have never won a T20 match in Worcester; of the four scheduled games three were lost and one abandoned.
    • Three of Yorkshire’s highest eight T20 totals have been scored against Worcestershire, but all have been at Headingley.
    • Worcestershire’s highest home T20 total is 208 for seven made in 2010 but Yorkshire have never passed 200 at Worcester.
    • Worcestershire’s lowest score against Yorkshire in a T20 match at Worcester is 183 for seven made in 2011. Yorkshire’s highest is 187 for seven.
    • Yorkshire’s David Willey scored 118 against Worcestershire at Headingley in 2017 but no one from their opponents has ever made a century at either venue. Yorkshire’s highest individual score in a T20 match at Worcester is 31 (!) made by Anthony McGrath in 2010.

    Potential batting milestones in Worcestershire v Yorkshire on 15th Jul 2018

    MJ Guptill needs 67 runs to reach 6000 runs in Twenty20 matches

    DKH Mitchell needs 69 runs to reach 1000 runs in Twenty20 matches at Worcester

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

    MM Ali needs 86 runs to reach 1000 runs in Twenty20 matches at Worcester

    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

    JM Clarke needs 124 runs to reach 500 runs in Twenty20 matches at Worcester

    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 Worcestershire v Yorkshire on 15th 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

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

    Vitality Blast statistics

    Vitality Blast standings

    The opposition

    • T20 RECORD – no Finals Day appearances, best performance is quarter-finals in 2004, 2007, 2012, 2014 and 2015
    • Last season – finished eighth in North Group
    • Captain – Moeen Ali
    • Overseas players – At various stages Martin Guptill, Travis Head, Callum Ferguson

  • Big hitter

    Ross Whiteley – the left-hander last summer became the first ever Englishman to score six sixes in an over in ANY format of the game in a Blast match against Yorkshire’s left arm spinner Karl Carver at Headingley.

    That kind of power-hitting helped earn Whiteley a lucrative winter playing in the Bangladesh Premier League, the inaugural T10 tournament in Sharjah and the Pakistan Super League. Whiteley feels he has learnt from those experiences and on his day is one of the most destructive batsmen in Blast and all white ball cricket.

  • Key Bowler

    Brett D’Oliveira – his impact with the ball in Championship cricket has been limited but in white ball cricket D’Oliveira is a key component of the Worcestershire attack. He has developed into one of the most economical bowlers in Blast cricket in recent seasons and gone toe to toe with fellow spinners Saeed Ajmal and Mitchell Santner during their spells at Blackfinch New Road.

    Harnessed to his own destructive hitting, D’Oliveira will have a key role in all facets of the game if the Rapids are to make a first finals day appearance.

  • Wild card

    Martin Guptill – the New Zealand batsman is with the Rapids for the first eight games of the Blast and, if on song, will add even more fire-power to an impressive looking line-up. Guptill can take any attack apart on his day and, with the likes of Travis Head, Callum Ferguson, Joe Clarke and Ross Whiteley for company, the Rapids batting line-up represents their best chance of qualifying from the North Group.

    Head, who captained the Adelaide Strikers to the Big Bash title this year, and his fellow Aussie Ferguson, who hit the County’s highest List A score of 192 in the One-Day Cup, could also entertain Rapids fans if they fire on all cylinders.

    The Yorkshire Vikings

    T20 record – 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.

    Yorkshire’s Vitality Blast statistics

  • 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.

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