The England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed that Yorkshire Vikings’ final Vitality Blast group game against Derbyshire Falcons has been cancelled.

ECB has determined that Derbyshire CCC is unable to field a team of a strength appropriate to maintain the integrity of the two matches and of the competition as a whole.

Derbyshire are adhering to Covid-19 protocols and managing a number of injuries. In addition to six injured players, 14 members of Derbyshire’s squad are self-isolating after they were deemed as close contacts of an unnamed team-mate, who tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this week.

The match will be deemed as having been cancelled. Under Playing Condition 16.11.4.5 the North Group will, therefore, be decided on an ‘average points per completed match’ basis.

Yorkshire Vikings will now play their 13th and final Vitality Blast group game against Lancashire Lightning at Emirates Old Trafford on Saturday. The minimum of an additional point following the cancelled gain guarantees Yorkshire a quarter-final.

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