As we count down to the start of the new season, in our weekly feature, we look back at some of Yorkshire’s highlights throughout last summer, be it great wins or memorable individual performances……
This winter, looking ahead to 2019, Matthew Fisher has already spoken in depth about his desire to improve his batting and become a genuine all-rounder.
Well, last summer, he gave us a glimpse of his ability at a crucial time in the Vikings’ Royal London one-day Cup campaign.
Yorkshire travelled down the M1 to Derby in late May with two wins from five group matches to their name. They had been boosted with a win at Leicestershire a few days earlier, but the reality was that they had little room to manoeuvre with regards to a top three finish and knockout qualification.
Rain delayed David Willey’s return to county action after his return from winning the Indian Premier League with Chennai Super Kings.
But when things did get underway in mid-afternoon, the game slated as a 24-over per side contest, it was the hosts who made the early running thanks to a blistering century from opener Ben Slater, the left-hander who would move to Notts later in the season and repeat his hundred heroics in the Championship.
Slater smashed 109 not out off 82 balls, helping Derby advance despite four wickets for Willey.
By his own admission, Willey wasn’t at his best, conceding 47 runs from four overs. But Tim Bresnan was extremely impressive with 1-19 from four.
In pursuit, Tom Kohler-Cadmore continued his scintillating form with 81 including four sixes, but three quick wickets fell as Yorkshire slipped from 132-3 in the 18th over to 135-6 after 19. Kohler-Cadmore later fell in the penultimate over with 24 still needed.
Ex-West Indies quick Ravi Rampaul did the damage as he finished with five wickets.
However, Fisher was the hero for Yorkshire.
He came in at number 10 and hit 24 off eight balls with three fours and a six, gaining 10 off the last over from fast bowler Hardus Viljoen to secure a heart stopping two-wicket win with a ball to spare.