Match Preview: Lancashire vs Yorkshire, sponsored by David Lloyd, Manchester
Lancashire v Yorkshire, Royal London one-day Cup, North Division
Tuesday June 5, 2018
Emirates Old Trafford
Lancashire can no longer qualify for the knockout stages of this summer’s 50-over competition, but they will be aiming to go out with a bang tomorrow against the old enemy (11am).
The county’s final RL50 clash of 2018 marks the first Roses meeting of the summer, with two more to come in the County Championship and as many in the Vitality Blast.
If they win it, it would also knock Yorkshire out of the competition.
Yorkshire stand-in captain Steve Patterson summed it up pretty well when he said: “Lancashire is always a big game - always a niggly game. They don’t like to lose to us, and we certainly don’t like to lose to them.”
Yorkshire are the only team in the North Group with two to play and must win them both, including Northamptonshire at Emerald Headingley on Thursday afternoon, to seal a place in the top three and progression.
It would be no surprise to see Glen Chapple and Liam Livingstone rest seamers Joe Mennie and Graham Onions ahead of Saturday’s Championship match against Essex at Emirates Old Trafford. Tom Bailey may come back into the side having started the competition.
Other than that, they may opt to stick with a winning side as they aim for a third win on the bounce, the latest being against Derbyshire at the 3aaa County Ground on Sunday.
Yorkshire’s season has not been too dissimilar to Lancashire’s in both Championship and one-day cricket, playing some good cricket in patches and suffering setbacks to boot.
They have won two, lost two and drawn one in the Championship.
In the RL50, they have won three, lost two and had a No Result. If they win both of their remaining games, they will qualify. Like Lancashire, they beat Derbyshire at the County Ground last time out (last Wednesday).
They will field England limited overs trio Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid and David Willey.
In powerful opening batsman Tom Kohler-Cadmore, they have the competition’s third leading run-scorer with 447 runs from five innings, including one hundred and three fifties.
Unfortunately, Lancashire have not won a Roses List A fixture since 2008, with Yorkshire winning three RL50 ties since then in 2014 and 2016 - both at Old Trafford - and last year at Headingley.
Last May, the Vikings won by 79 runs as they defended their 296-9, including 86 from Australian Peter Handscomb and 85 from Gary Ballance.
Ryan McLaren and Stephen Parry took three wickets apiece, while Yorkshire’s England Test duo Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root made 28 and 21. Jimmy Anderson also played without striking.
Lancashire’s batting then failed to get going as they suffered a second successive defeat on the way to a group stage exit.
Yorkshire’s spinners Adil Rashid and Azeem Rafiq (4-47) shared six wickets as the visitors were bowled out for 217. Alex Davies top-scored with 43.
WHAT THEY SAID:
Lancashire Head Coach Glen Chapple, while disappointed and frustrated at their group stage exit, believes the county have progressed as a one-day side in 2018.
“We’ve played much better cricket this year,” he said.
“The games we’ve lost, we’ve played well enough to win. We made individual errors in the first two losses (Notts and Northants). In a way, that’s easier to put right, but it makes it more disappointing.
“The level of cricket we’ve played has been good enough to achieve qualification, yet we haven’t.
“It’s a big game (Yorkshire), and we can reinforce how well we’re playing with a good performance there. It won’t change anything in terms of qualification, but what we need to remember is what has led to our defeats. We need to remember that for when the T20 starts.
“I’m absolutely confident that we’re a good one-day team now. We’re playing really good cricket. But there’s no room for complacency and no room for certain kinds of mistakes.
“We’ve been able to get younger players into this competition.
“Josh Bohannon has played two games and Rob Jones played at Derby. Haseeb (Hameed) is back in the team and scoring runs. So, in terms of opportunities, we’ve been able to do that.
“In terms of helping players develop, I think we’ve moved on again.”