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Big Match Preview: Yorkshire Vikings v Birmingham Bears

— 26 July 2018

Harry Brook is hoping personal progression from scores in the thirties and forties can push Yorkshire towards silverware in the Vitality Blast.

The 19-year-old has made a bright start to life as a T20 player, posting 44, 20, 38 and 33 in four North Group innings from number three.

Brook is hoping to return to the Vikings line-up against Birmingham Bears in front of the TV cameras at Emerald Headingley tomorrow (6.30pm) having missed last Friday’s nail-biting defeat at Lancashire due to England’s returning stars.

But, given Joe Root is unavailable, he looks set to fight it out with Tom Kohler-Cadmore for a place.

Brook, who has been given a license to thrill by the management, said: “I feel I’ve done alright, especially having not expected to be in any of the T20 squads.

“I’ve had quite a lot of starts, but I just need to go on now and get hundreds or close to instead of just thirties and forties. Hopefully that’s not far away.

“I’m coming in at three, so I’m usually in for the last couple of overs of the power play when the field’s up. I like to hit over the top and have been able to do that. That freedom is massive for me.”

Yorkshire’s T20 campaign has reached a crucial stage, with this the first of four games in five days.

The Vikings have won three of their first five North Group games and sit sixth with a game in hand on all teams above them in pursuit of a top four finish and quarter-final qualification.

“There’s a lot of games coming up, so we need to get some momentum and run with it,” said the Burley-in-Wharfedale product.

“Birmingham outplayed us at Edgbaston. The first over killed the game for us (33 off it as they chased 158).

“Ed Pollock struck them well. But that happens.”

Brook has impressed against both white and red balls this summer, his first full campaign in the first team.

His standout score so far was a second-innings 124 in the Championship win over Essex at Chelmsford in May, while he also hit a crucial 55 in the second innings of this week’s three-day Roses success at Emirates Old Trafford.

There will be many supporters, and not just in Yorkshire, delighted to hear the ex-England under 19s captain admit “I still feel like you get more pleasure out of winning a first-class game than a Twenty20”.

He opened the batting and shared a crucial century partnership for the fourth wicket with Jonny Bairstow to help Yorkshire recover from 21-3 in the second innings to set a victory target of 323, which Lancashire never threatened.

“It was an unbelievable win,” said Brook.

“To bowl them out for just over 100 in a session on the first day was remarkable. That day was very strange with the hat-trick and all. It has to be up there with that opening day at Essex when we were bowled out for 50.

“We were in a tough situation having lost three early wickets in the second innings. For me and Jonny to get a big partnership was key.

“It’s massive for me to bat with players like Jonny, Rooty and Kane Williamson.

“They all have their different styles and methods, so I’m learning new things all the time – how to build partnerships and things like that.”

  • Team news

    Tom Kohler-Cadmore returns to the squad having missed out on the Roses clash at Emirates Old Trafford.

    Joe Root has reported for Test duty with England, as has wicket-keeper/batsman Jonny Bairstow.

    England recalled leg-spinner Adil Rashid to their 13-man squad for next week’s first Test against India. It is anticipated that he will be available for Friday night’s home clash with Birmingham Bears, as well as Saturday’s trip to Queen’s Park, Chesterfield, to face Derbyshire Falcons.

    Matthew Fisher is making good progress but remains sidelined with a toe injury sustained on England Lions duty, while Liam Plunkett and David Willey all feature.

    13-man squad to face Birmingham Bears.

    Gary Ballance
    Tim Bresnan
    Harry Brook
    Tom Kohler-Cadmore
    Adam Lyth
    Steven Patterson ©
    Liam Plunkett
    Azeem Rafiq
    Adil Rashid
    Jonny Tattersall (WK)
    Jordan Thompson
    Kane Williamson
    David Willey

  • Match statistics

    • Of the six previous T20 matches at Headingley between these two teams each has won three. .
    • In the 11 T20 games which have taken place between these two teams all of the scores have been between 120 and 180.
    • Two Birmingham/Warwickshire bowlers have taken four wickets in an innings but no one has done so for Yorkshire in T20 matches against these opponents.


    Potential batting milestones in Yorkshire v Warwickshire on 27th Jul 2018

    A Lyth needs 3 runs to reach 2000 runs in Twenty20 matches

    TT Bresnan needs 27 runs to reach 1500 runs in Twenty20 matches

    AJ Hose needs 31 runs to reach 500 runs in Twenty20 matches

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

    GS Ballance needs 67 runs to reach 500 runs in Twenty20 matches at Leeds

    IR Bell needs 98 runs to reach 2500 runs in Twenty20 matches

    EJ Pollock needs 103 runs to reach 500 runs in Twenty20 matches

    KHD Barker needs 117 runs to reach 500 runs in Twenty20 matches

    JA Leaning needs 117 runs to reach 500 runs in Twenty20 matches at Leeds

    JS Patel needs 119 runs to reach 500 runs in Twenty20 matches

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

    Potential bowling milestones in Yorkshire v Warwickshire on 27th Jul 2018

    GD Elliott needs 1 wickets to reach 100 wickets in Twenty20 matches

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

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

    Azeem Rafiq needs 6 wickets to reach 50 wickets in Twenty20 matches at Leeds

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

    Last time out

    Vitality Blast statistics

    Vitality Blast standings

    The opposition

    • T20 record: Winners 2014, Runners-up 2003 and 2017. Semi-finalists 2015.
    • Last season: Third (North Group)

    Captain: Grant Elliott
    Overseas Players: Jeetan Patel and Colin de Grandhomme.
    Kolpak: Grant Elliott

  • Big hitter

    Colin de Grandhomme – the Black Caps star arrived in Birmingham with the best T20 batting strike-rate in the world and soon became a cult hero in the Second City. He hits the ball very hard and very far and has left more than one bowler, having bowled a perfectly decent ball, pondering: “How on earth did he get that for six?”

  • Key bowler

    Off-spinner Jeetan Patel is the bowler who binds it all together for the Bears. Now approaching a decade at Edgbaston, “Jeets” intelligent bowling is a familiar weapon to opposing batsmen – but not many have fathomed how to whack it.

  • Wild card

    Ed Pollock – Was an unknown quantity when pitched in for his Blast debut last season but is extremely well-known now after making a brilliant impact with his aggressive batting. Pollock’s blazing strokes from ball one laid the foundation for victory in several huge games for Birmingham on their way to the final.

  • 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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