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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: YORKSHIRE VIKINGS V LEICESTERSHIRE FOXES

— 31 July 2018

Jordan Thompson says Yorkshire are refusing to panic, but he knows they can’t afford too many more slip ups if they are to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Vitality Blast.

Thompson impressed with 3-23 from three overs of seamers in last night’s defeat against Derbyshire; their second in three days and their fourth in eight North Group games in all.

The Vikings, however, get an immediate chance to bounce back when Leicestershire Foxes visit Emerald Headingley tonight (6.30pm) as they bid to keep pace in an incredibly competitive group.

Yorkshire lost by 77 runs against the Falcons after being set a target of 180 in 17 overs.

Earlier, Thompson struck twice in an over on the way to his three-for on home debut.

The 21-year-old all-rounder came in for his second first-team appearance having played in the televised win at Worcestershire earlier this month, also taking a wicket and scoring a late and important 12.

“For me, a positive’s come out of it. But, at the end of the day, I’d rather take a win than three wickets,” he said, first of all reflecting on the Derby defeat.

“We said in the dressing room that we were below par with the ball and bat.

“It’s disappointing, two defeats in two. But we’ll look to bounce back (against Leicester).

“We’ve got to put this to bed and face a Leicester team who we really need to beat to get back on track.

“It’s not panic stations yet. We’ve done some good things so far in this competition, and we’ll look to move on and perform well.

“Leicester are dangerous, as Derby have been. They seem to do well in the T20.”

The Leeds-born Academy graduate, who plays his league cricket for Pudsey St Lawrence, went on: “I picked up three wickets and bowled reasonably well, although I bowled a couple of loose balls in my first two overs.

“But, as I said, I’d rather have got the win. You want to be doing well individually, but you also want to be getting to Finals Day and winning this competition.”

Thompson was one of two changes to Yorkshire’s team last night as he and Harry Brook replaced England duo Adil Rashid (Test duty) and Liam Plunkett (injured).

It came just over a fortnight after his debut at New Road.

He recalled: “It was a good start at Worcester with the win.

“It was a surprise call and came out of nowhere. I found out probably an hour before the game, but I went out there and took it in my stride.

“I had the attitude of trying to just do what I’d done in the seconds and continue the form.

“It’s important to do that and treat it as just another game of cricket. The Worcester game was on TV and it was my first first-team cricket, but it’s just another game. You have to block everything else out.”

Yorkshire now sit sixth in the table with four wins and four losses from eight, although they are likely to return to the top four quarter-final qualifying places if they beat the Foxes.

Leicester have won three and lost four of their seven games so far and have Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Abbas and Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi as their two overseas players.

They lost last time out against Derbyshire on Friday.

Team news

First XI coach Andrew Gale has added Josh Shaw to an enlarged 14-man squad for tonight’s crunch Vitality Blast fixture against the Foxes.

Shaw comes in as cover for Liam Plunkett (hip), who will be assessed by the club’s medical staff ahead of tonight’s match.

14-MAN SQUAD TO FACE LEICESTERSHIRE FOXES.

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

Match statistics

• Yorkshire’s record in T20 matches against Leicestershire (won seven, lost 12) is their worst amongst the five coutnies against which they have played at least 20 matches.
• Each team has passed 200 once in T20 matches between these two counties and both occurrences were at Headingley.
• In 2004 Darren Maddy scored 111 at Headingley and this remains the highest innings in a T20 match for any opponent against Yorkshire.
• Two Yorkshire bowlers have taken at least four wickets in an innings in a T20 match between these two counties but no one has do so for Leicestershire.

Milestones

Potential batting milestones in Yorkshire v Leicestershire on 31st Jul 2018

TT Bresnan needs 1 runs to reach 1500 runs in Twenty20 matches

PJ Horton needs 23 runs to reach 1500 runs in Twenty20 matches

GS Ballance needs 32 runs to reach 500 runs in Twenty20 matches at Leeds

A Javid needs 51 runs to reach 500 runs in Twenty20 matches

JE Root needs 80 runs to reach 1500 runs in Twenty20 matches

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

KS Williamson needs 102 runs to reach 4000 runs in Twenty20 matches

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

CS Delport needs 119 runs to reach 3500 runs in Twenty20 matches

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

Potential bowling milestones in Yorkshire v Leicestershire on 31st Jul 2018

CS Delport needs 2 wickets to reach 50 wickets in Twenty20 matches

Azeem Rafiq needs 3 wickets to reach 100 wickets in Twenty20 matches

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

Mohammad Nabi needs 7 wickets to reach 200 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 – reached finals day 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2011: won comp 2004, 2006 and 2011.
    • Last season’s group placing: North Group: fourth. Lost in quarter-final, against Glamorgan in Cardiff.
    • Captain: TBC.
    • Overseas players: Mohammad Abbas (Pakistan) Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan)

  • Big hitter

    Cameron Delport – One of the new breed of T20 specialists, the hard-hitting South African left-hander has played in the Caribbean Premier League, Pakistan Super League, South African Pro 20, Big Bash and earlier this year, in the Indian Premier League. An uncomplicated clean-hitter with a career strike rate of 138, he smashed 109 from 59 balls against Nottinghamshire to help the Foxes qualify for the Blast quarter-finals last season.

  • Key bowler

    Mohammad Nabi – One of three Afghan players who will be breaking new ground in this summer’s Blast, this canny and vastly experienced off-spinning all-rounder has 98 one-day and 63 T20 caps for his country, picking up 168 white ball wickets. The 33-year-old features regularly in T20 leagues around the world, has represented Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash and Sunrisers Hyderabad in this year’s IPL, and has a career T20 economy rate of less than 7.

  • Wild card

    Callum Parkinson – Young left-arm spinner (twin of Lancashire’s leg-spinning Matt) played every Foxes’ game in last year’s Blast, often bowling in the Powerplay, picking up 15 wickets with a best return of 3-20, and an economy rate of 8. Uses flight with a guile that belies his youth and lack of experience, and holds the ball back with sufficient disguise to draw the batsman into hitting too soon.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Weather forecast



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