A closer look: Yorkshire Vikings
Despite an indifferent start to this year's Vitality Blast and a host of injury problems, Yorkshire remain a difficult prospect in T20 cricket
Finals Days: 2
Coach: Andrew Gale - Former captain who led the side to their only Blast final to date, in 2012. Yorkshire’s leading T20 run-scorer (2,260) is in his third season as coach.
Captain: Steve Patterson - A seamer whose contributions are key for the White Rose in all formats, he hasn’t always been a regular pick in T20 cricket. This is his first full season as skipper, but he led last season’s entire Blast campaign.
Overseas signings: Keshav Maharaj. The South African spinner - and former Lancashire player - replaces Nicholas Pooran, who played in the first five matches before reporting for international duty.
Narrative: With only two Finals Day appearances to their name (2012, 2016), the Vikings have underachieved in this format. A side who posted 260 for four against Northants two summers ago - English T20’s highest team total - and recently put over 250 on the board at Leicestershire should be doing far better.
Star man: David Willey - England commitments have ceased for now, meaning he should be available for the entire competition. An all-rounder with star quality and history of taking the Blast by storm. In 2013, he was man-of-the-match in ex-county Northamptonshire's final win over Surrey at Edgbaston, scoring 60 and taking four wickets, including a hat-trick.
Mr Consistency: Adam Lyth - The left-handed opener is Yorkshire’s all-time leading T20 run-scorer, overtaking coach Andrew Gale. Late last year, the 31-year-old - also a gun fielder and a handy off-spin bowler - went beyond 100 T20 appearances for the Vikings.
Under the radar: Jonny Tattersall - The county’s first-choice wicketkeeper has the gloves back after the departure of Nicholas Pooran and his busy style of batting could be crucial late in an innings. Should build on one fifty in last season’s debut campaign.
Killer stat: Prior to this season, Yorkshire had reached or topped 200 in an innings on 16 occasions. Six of those scores were achieved in the past two campaigns.
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