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.”
- 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
- 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
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.