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— 18 July 2018

Momentum. A word regularly used by players and coaches when talking about T20 more than in any other format. After three wins from their first four group games in the Vitality Blast, Yorkshire have it and Gary Ballance is hoping they run with it.

The Vikings are on a roll, no doubt. They have secured the double over a Durham side who have win their other three matches and added the scalp of North Group leaders Worcestershire to those successes.

They currently sit nicely placed inside the top four quarter-final qualifying places with six points, with their only defeat so far against Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston.

Next up it’s the big one, county cricket’s premier clash – Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford on Friday night (6.30pm).

The Red Rose county say they are approaching a 23,500 sellout, with only restricted view tickets left.

It is no surprise really. All England players are available, aside from Jimmy Anderson and Jonny Bairstow, while the Red Rose are also going well.

They go into tonight’s (WEDNESDAY) clash with Leicestershire Foxes at Grace Road with an identical record to Yorkshire, albeit with a superior net run-rate.

Liam Livingstone’s side have won their last three matches.

In-form White Rose batsman Ballance said: “It was good to get a win against a good Worcester side on Sunday.

“We’re playing some good cricket, and hopefully we can go into the Roses game and get a win at Old Trafford.

“We’ve bounced back really well from that defeat at Edgbaston.

“We played some good cricket up at Durham, defended a low score, and at Worcester I thought it was a good all-round team performance. Everyone contributed.

“To get two wins out of two is great, and hopefully we can carry this momentum forwards.

“We have got some internationals coming in, which will definitely help us.

“The Roses T20, home or away, is always a great occasion, and hopefully we can get a win there.

“Lancashire are a good side. They know their home conditions well with some match-winners. They have Jos Buttler available. We know he’s a quality player and one of the best around. But hopefully we can keep him quiet.”

The way Yorkshire are playing at present is a reminder of their most successful season so far in the history of T20 when, in 2012, they reached the domestic final and then qualified for the group stages of the Champions League in South Africa.

Mitchell Starc and David Miller were their overseas players, with the likes of Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root contributing alongside Ballance, current coach Gale and his assistant Rich Pyrah amongst others.

That team advanced seamlessly, all knowing their roles.

Of the current squad, there are seven still in Vikings colours; Adam Lyth, Root, Ballance, Bairstow, Azeem Rafiq, Tim Bresnan and Adil Rashid.

And, after the Worcester game, coach Gale said of the current team: “We look like a well oiled unit.”

It was a comment which certainly fitted well with the class of 2012.

“There are similarities, yes,” added Ballance.

“There are different players from that year, but those of us who are still around have good memories from that year. We will try and use them to push us on again.”

Friday’s clash will be televised on Sky Sports.

Team news

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is set to play the first of nine Vitality Blast fixtures for the Vikings.

Having arrived at Emerald Headingley last week, the 27-year-old is set to open his account in a fourth stint with the club.

Four of Yorkshire’s five England contingent come in to the squad with Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Jack Leaning, Jack Brooks, Matthew Waite and Ben Coad making way.

England management have made keeper/batsman Jonny Bairstow unavailable for this Roses clash but he will be in contention for the four-day Specsavers County Championship fixture at the same venue a little over 48 hours later.

In come Joe Root, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett and David Willey with the Vikings fielding one of their strongest line-ups of the year.

13-man squad to face Lancashire Lightning at Emirates Old Trafford.

Gary Ballance
Tim Bresnan
Harry Brook
Adam Lyth
Steven Patterson ©
Liam Plunkett
Azeem Rafiq
Adil Rashid
Joe Root
Jonny Tattersall (wk)
Jordan Thompson
Kane Williamson
David Willey

Match statistics

  • Yorkshire have not won a T20 match at Old Trafford since 2014 and have won only four of their 13 completed games at the venue.
  • The 231 for six which Lancashire scored at Old Trafford in the T20 match in 2015 is the highest against Yorkshire by any opponent.
  • There have been four scores of 200 or over (three by Lancashire and one by Yorkshire) in T20 matches between these two counties and all have been made at Old Trafford.
  • Lancashire’s highest innings in a T20 match against Yorkshire at Old Trafford is 101 by Stuart Law in 2005. No Yorkshire batsman has scored a T20 century at Old Trafford, the highest innings being Joe Root’s 92 not out in 2015.
  • In 2017 Tim Bresnan took six for 19 against Lancashire at Headingley. This is the record for Yorkshire’s best bowling figures in a T20 match against any opponent.


Potential batting milestones in Lancashire v Yorkshire on 20th July 2018

KR Brown needs 16 runs to reach 2000 runs in Twenty20 matches

JC Buttler needs 32 runs to reach 500 runs in Twenty20 matches at Manchester

KK Jennings needs 35 runs to reach 500 runs in Twenty20 matches

GS Ballance needs 42 runs to reach 1500 runs in Twenty20 matches

TT Bresnan needs 44 runs to reach 1500 runs in Twenty20 matches

LS Livingstone needs 49 runs to reach 500 runs in Twenty20 matches at Manchester

SJ Croft needs 50 runs to reach 500 runs in Twenty20 matches against Yorkshire

AL Davies needs 61 runs to reach 500 runs in Twenty20 matches

SJ Croft needs 62 runs to reach 1500 runs in Twenty20 matches at Manchester

A Lyth needs 63 runs to reach 2000 runs in Twenty20 matches

LS Livingstone needs 74 runs to reach 1000 runs in Twenty20 matches

KR Brown needs 99 runs to reach 500 runs in Twenty20 matches against Yorkshire

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

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

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

KR Brown needs 143 runs to reach 1000 runs in Twenty20 matches at Manchester

Potential bowling milestones in Lancashire v Yorkshire on 20th July 2018

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

Azeem Rafiq needs 5 wickets to reach 100 wickets in Twenty20 matches

JM Anderson needs 9 wickets to reach 50 wickets in Twenty20 matches

J Clark needs 9 wickets to reach 50 wickets in Twenty20 matches

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


Previous encounters

Vitality Blast statistics

Vitality Blast standings

The opposition

T20 record: Winners in 2015, beating Northamptonshire in the final at Edgbaston. That was one of three final appearances (2005 and 2014 the others), while the Lightning have reached Finals Day six times in all.

Last season: Lancashire finished seventh in the North Group, winning five matches and losing six. They also played out a Roses tie at Emirates Old Trafford and had two No Results.

Captain: Liam Livingstone.

Overseas players: All-rounder James Faulkner, a Blast winner in 2015, returns to join fellow Australian Joe Mennie, the seamer who was signed for all formats by the Red Rose this summer.

  • Big hitter

    Two-time England T20 international Liam Livingstone takes charge of the Lightning for the first time in T20 cricket. The 24-year-old, who has a 21-ball fifty to his name, opened the batting last year and has power and innovation similar to that of Jos Buttler, whose availability will by stymied by international cricket. But Livingstone has plenty to prove in T20s having only scored two fifties in 42 career appearances. His ever-improving off-spinners will be a valuable weapon for the Lightning, especially at Old Trafford where the pitches turn and the boundary rope is pushed right out.

  • Key Bowler

    Lions leg-spinner Matthew Parkinson is fast becoming a rising star of English cricket. Described by Livingstone as his ‘go to man’ with the white ball at present, the 21-year-old debuted in T20 midway through last season’s Blast and took 14 wickets from nine matches with a superb economy rate 6.06 – one of the best in the competition.

    Parkinson took 18 wickets in the most recent Royal London One-Day Cup, and even bowled at the death. The Boltonian, whose twin brother Callum bowls left-arm spin for Leicestershire, can’t be a million miles away from full England honours in all forms of the game.

  • Wild card

    Cumbrian all-rounder Jordan Clark has been around for some time at Emirates Old Trafford, taking a triple wicket maiden in the 2014 quarter-final against Glamorgan to turn that game on its head.

    The hard-hitting middle to lower order batsman and seamer, who debuted in the Blast back in 2011, hasn’t really hit top form consistently in a campaign yet. But improved form in the Championship and one-day cricket over the last couple of years leads you to believe this summer could be the one for the 27-year-old. Like Parkinson, Clark will come up against his brother in the Blast, with Graham a top order batsman at Durham.

    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.

  • 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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