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Match Preview: Yorkshire vs Lancashire

Match Preview: Yorkshire vs Lancashire

Match Preview: Yorkshire Vikings v Lancashire Lightning, Royal London One-Day Cup

Lancashire will be hoping to bounce back from Friday’s opening night Royal London One-Day Cup defeat in the best possible way tomorrow by beating the old enemy on their home patch.

The Lightning were beaten by Leicestershire Foxes in a three-wicket thriller at Emirates Old Trafford as the visitors chased down a revised target of 309.

Now, Lancashire’s attentions switch to a North Group blockbuster clash with their Roses rivals at Headingley on Bank Holiday Monday.

This will be the second group fixture for both teams, with Yorkshire getting their campaign off to a winning start against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge yesterday.


Steven Croft and Shiv Chanderpaul continue to be absent through their respective thumb and thigh injuries for the Lightning.

All England players will be available for tomorrow’s televised fixture, meaning Jimmy Anderson and Haseeb Hameed will come up against their Test colleagues Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root and Adil Rashid.

Yorkshire’s England one-day players Liam Plunkett and David Willey will also play for the Vikings.


Yorkshire have lost one, won one and drawn one of their opening three Specsavers County Championship matches this season.

New captain Gary Ballance has been their standout player, scoring more than 500 runs, including a century and a double century in their most recent draw against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.

The White Rose county have been semi-finalists in each of the last two years of the RL50, beaten at home by Gloucestershire and Surrey.

Joe Root hit 75 not out in their seven-wicket win over Notts yesterday as they easily chased down 186.


Adam Lyth scored 136 at Emirates Old Trafford, his second century in two days, last June as the Vikings posted 325-7 from their 47 overs, reduced down by rain.

Chasing a revised 327, Lancashire were then bowled out for just 84 as David Willey and left-arm spinner Karl Carver struck three times apiece.

It was Yorkshire’s highest List A score against Lancashire, and the 242-run margin of defeat was the Red Rose’s heaviest in List A cricket.


Lancashire opener Haseeb Hameed is relishing the trip across the Pennines as he aims to build on his debut 88 on Friday and help the Lightning secure their first win.

Hameed will be hoping to continue his excellent recent record against Yorkshire, with him hitting two Championship centuries in last season’s draw at Emirates Old Trafford in mid-August.

“That should be a really good game,” said the 20-year-old.

“They’ve got a really strong side, which will make it challenging. But it’s one we’re all looking forward to, especially.

“Games like that can hopefully bring out the best in us, as we’ve seen in the past.

“We’re going there looking forward to putting the things we got wrong (on Friday) right.

“Going there is never easy, and the players they’ve got available makes it even more difficult. But there’s no reason why we can’t beat them.”

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