By Graham Hardcastle, Paul Dyson and Jonathan Doidge.
Yorkshire and Tom Kohler-Cadmore both have scores to settle during Friday’s Vitality Blast Roses clash at Emirates Old Trafford (6.30pm).
The Vikings are looking to kick-start their North Group campaign with a second win in eight, one which would prevent leaders Lancashire from completing the double having won at Emerald Headingley last month.
Kohler-Cadmore, meanwhile, is looking to avoid an unwanted hat-trick against close mate Saqib Mahmood, the Red Rose fast bowler who has dismissed him twice in 2019.
Mahmood joked last week that he had got the wood on the White Rose opener, although the first game was a 50-over clash at Headingley in April when the Vikings batsman scored 97.
“He can think that, but we’ll see what happens on Friday night,” said Kohler-Cadmore, with a smile, of his England Lions team-mate.
“But, yeah, he’s a really good lad, and we get on very well.
“The thing is though, you always want to hit your mates for six. And when they get you out, it hurts that little bit more.”
Mahmood, 22, has been excellent this summer. He has taken 32 wickets in both limited overs competitions – 28 in the one-day Cup and four in the Blast, including three in the most recent Headingley fixture.
He is surely on the verge of a full England call-up, and Kohler-Cadmore can see why.
“Saqib is an incredible performer,” he said. “He’s still young and very confident at the minute.
“He’s obviously a good bowler, but we feel like we can take anyone down on their day.
“It’s good fun, and it’s light-hearted banter when we’re out there. Hopefully I’ll get the better of him this time. They’re going to be favourites, but it’s T20 cricket. It’s about who plays better on the day.”
Kohler-Cadmore will captain Yorkshire should Steve Patterson leave himself out again like he did for Sunday’s home tie against Birmingham.
The former-Worcester man did not actually play in last year’s game at Old Trafford, a defeat, with Joe Root available from England duty.
“Thanks for reminding me!” he reflected.
“The Roses game is massive, but missing any game of cricket hurts. It was just nice that I came in the game afterwards (73 in a home win against Birmingham), got runs and proved a point.
“But I’ve put everything in the past behind me and look forward to Friday night and hopefully put in a match-winning performance.”
The fixture will be played in front of a sell out 23,500 crowd, the highest domestic attendance for a Blast fixture outside of London.
“The atmosphere will be incredible, and we can use it to get us going,” added Kohler-Cadmore. “If you’re not up for Friday night, you shouldn’t be playing cricket.
“It’s the best fixture in county cricket, 100 percent. Nothing comes close. And it’s all about who stays the calmest under pressure.”
Yorkshire have won one of seven group matches this season, losing three and earning a point apiece from two No Results and a tie.
Unbeaten Lancashire have won five from seven, added to two No Results. Those five victories have come in their last five outings.
Yorkshire could hand a T20 debut to South African Test left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj, who has returned to Headingley ahead of two more County Championship appearances.
Maharaj took 20 wickets and scored 193 in three Championship matches prior to the start of T20 and will play in the forthcoming fixtures against Nottinghamshire at Scarborough and Somerset at Taunton.
The former Lancashire bowler is also registered to play in the remaining Blast group games and any potential quarter-final tie.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore captains the side with Steven Patterson opting for an extended period of rest. The Club captain has been bowling with the red ball and is working towards next week’s Specsavers County Championship match against Nottinghamshire at North Marine Road, Scarborough.
Gary Ballance, currently struggling with a hamstring complaint, is unlikely to feature and Harry Brook also misses out.
Will Fraine comes into the squad, while leg-spinning all-rounder Adil Rashid underwent a scan on his problematic right shoulder on Tuesday and the Club are awaiting feedback from the England medical team.
Leg-spinner Josh Poysden (head) and slow left-armer James Logan (back) have been ruled out for the rest of the season.
Seamer Matthew Fisher (dislocated shoulder/broken thumb), who has been easing back into his bowling work, is around three/four weeks away from a return to competitive cricket.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore ©
Jonny Tattersall (WK)
The thoughts of Graham Hardcastle…
There is no getting away from the fact that the first half of this Vitality Blast has been one to forget for Yorkshire.
But they can still turn things around to qualify for the quarter-finals.
Admittedly, it would take a special run of form to do it, but there’s no better way to start than by beating Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford.
This is the first of seven remaining games, and it would probably take something similar to the run group leaders Lancashire are currently on – five straight wins – to achieve a top four spot.
There has been the odd glimmer of hope, chiefly the hammering of Leicestershire at Grace Road.
But, overall, the Vikings have lacked consistency. If they have been good with the bat, they’ve been poor with the ball and vice versa.
It may not be what Yorkshire fans want to hear, but they must learn from Lancashire, a county who have won more T20 than anyone else in England. They have won 109 matches since the competition’s inception. Only IPL duo Mumbai (118) and Chennai (115) have won more matches in the world. Yorkshire have won 83.
Still, it would not surprise me at all to see the Vikings turn the tables on this occasion and silence the bumper crowd.
I can’t wait. Enjoy.
The thoughts of Jonathan Doidge…
After an underwhelming weekend, with just the tie against Birmingham Bears to show for their efforts, the Vikings now have the devil’s own job on their hands to reach the quarter-finals. Games are running out, and they need to win several to have any chance of securing qualification.
With that in mind, the team you would least like to meet would probably be the one at the top of the table, that has already beaten you this season. That is the Vikings’ lot, however, and perhaps Friday’s game can sharpen focus. There’s no doubt that a win would be a huge fillip, and might still kick things on towards progression in the Blast, but on what we have seen, you’d be hard pressed to be confident about that.
There continues to be criticism from BBC listeners that the team does not have clear focus on what it is trying to achieve at various points in a T20 contest. I would argue to the contrary, that the team knows what it wants, but a lack of execution of those plans is hindering progress.
With Kesh Maharaj arriving this week, both the spin and batting departments should receive a boost, but I am a firm believer anyway that Yorkshire has the personnel to be effective, but the team needs to ‘tighten’ as a unit in this particular form of the game.
Having been well beaten by Worcester last Friday, there was no knee jerk reaction to events, with only one change made by the time of Sunday’s tie with Birmingham. Again, it seems unlikely that there will be a major overhaul come the start at Old Trafford, but given that his confidence is high after a good start in championship cricket, plus some recent 2nd XI T20 runs, perhaps Will Fraine could be knocking on the door on the batting front. We shall see.
As always, you can hear the full ball-by-ball call of the match with myself and Paul Shaw via the BBC sport app and website, and we’d love it if you tuned in. #OneRose
Potential batting milestones in Lancashire v Yorkshire on 9th Aug 2019
- JC Buttler needs 16 runs to reach 500 runs in Twenty20 matches at Manchester
- SJ Croft needs 34 runs to reach 500 runs in Twenty20 matches against Yorkshire
- AL Davies needs 46 runs to reach 500 runs in Twenty20 matches at Manchester
- A Lyth needs 55 runs to reach 2500 runs in Twenty20 matches
- AL Davies needs 65 runs to reach 1000 runs in Twenty20 matches
- T Kohler-Cadmore needs 115 runs to reach 2000 runs in Twenty20 matches
- GJ Maxwell needs 119 runs to reach 5500 runs in Twenty20 matches
Potential bowling milestones in Lancashire v Yorkshire on 9th Aug 2019
- D Olivier needs 6 wickets to reach 50 wickets in Twenty20 matches
- RJ Gleeson needs 7 wickets to reach 50 wickets in Twenty20 matches
- JM Anderson needs 9 wickets to reach 50 wickets in Twenty20 matches
Titles: 1 (2015)
Finals Days: 7
Coach: Glen Chapple – A talismanic all-rounder who retired with 985 first-class wickets and nearly 9,000 runs to his name. The 45-year-old captained the Red Rose to Championship title success in 2011. Four Finals Day appearances to his name as a player and was assistant coach when they won it in 2015.
Captain: Dane Vilas – An experienced South African wicketkeeper-batsman with a solitary T20 international appearance to his name. First season as full-time skipper, he led them at stages last season with Liam Livingstone injured. In the winter, he captain Jozi Stars to the inaugural Mzansi Super League title in South Africa.
Overseas signings: James Faulkner (Australia), Glenn Maxwell (Australia).
Narrative: Lancashire, on paper, must be one of the favourites to win this summer’s Blast. They have all bases covered, power in bucketloads with the bat, bowling options – seam and spin – aplenty, gun fielders galore and lots of T20 experience. Can they put it all together and secure a second crown?
Star man: Glenn Maxwell – The Aussie is ranked by the ICC as the world’s best all-rounder in T20 cricket and the third best batsman. A three-dimensional cricketer, he will empty the bars at Emirates Old Trafford and around the North Group grounds. His off-spin bowling was heavily utilised in the early-season Royal London One-Day Cup.
Mr Consistency: Steven Croft – Captained the side to their only title so far in 2015 and made 148 consecutive career T20 appearances for the Lightning between June 2006 and last July, an English record. Bats, bowls and, at 34, is still one of the best fielders going around.
Under the radar: Richard Gleeson – When you consider some of Lancashire’s bowling options in James Faulkner, Saqib Mahmood and Matthew Parkinson, it is fair to say that the 31-year-old ex-Northants quick, may not grab many headlines. But he had a solid record in T20 prior to his debut campaign with the Lightning – 34 wickets in 31 appearances – and his extra pace could be useful on tired Old Trafford pitches.
Killer stat: Prior to 2019, no other county had won more than Lancashire’s 104 T20 matches since the format’s inception in 2003. Only Nottinghamshire (103) and Warwickshire/Birmingham (101) had topped 100.
Last time out
9 AUG 2018 – VITALITY BLAST
Yorkshire Vikings – First innings 181 – for 9 wickets
Lancashire Lightning – First innings 185 – for 4 wickets
Lancashire Lightning win by 6 wickets
Yorkshire failed to defend a 182 target as Lancashire pinched a Roses Vitality Blast six-wicket win at Emerald Headingley to dent the Vikings quarter-final hopes.
The White Rose were hurt by losing eight wickets for 51 in the last 8.1 overs of their own innings as they posted 181-9 having opted to bat.
David Willey starred with a blistering 80 off 43 balls with five leg-side sixes, while Tom Kohler-Cadmore hit 46.
But they slipped from 102-1 at halfway and later 130-1, with Australian James Faulkner striking three times in the last four balls of the innings.
In-form England Lions opener Alex Davies then flew out of the blocks with three sixes in a quick-fire 34, sharing 57 inside six overs for the first wicket with Karl Brown, who top-scored with 51 off 34.
Pinch-hitter Arron Lilley crashed a career best 47 off 20 balls with four fours and four sixes as the win was secured with 14 balls to spare.
This was Yorkshire’s fifth defeat in 11 North Group games, and Lancashire have overtaken them in the race for a top four finish. They have 13 points to Yorkshire’s 12 with three to play.
Ways to follow
- Ball-by-ball BBC Radio Commentary…
- Via the club’s match centre below, including live stream…
All you need to know ahead of Friday’s Roses clash at Emirates Old Trafford.
On Friday, heavy rain will clear northwards through the morning, leaving a mix of sunny spells and heavy, thundery showers in its wake. Southwest winds will also gradually strengthen. Saturday will be windy as strong southwesterlies push in further squally showers or longer spells of rain. Sunday will be breezy and showery at first, but will be brighter later with winds easing