Match Preview - Yorkshire Vikings vs Lancashire
Yorkshire Vikings v Lancashire
Royal London One-Day Cup, North Group
Sunday April 21, 11am
As the saying goes, ‘So near, yet so far’.
After two North Group games, Lancashire are still searching for their first victory, but could hardly have come closer against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge yesterday.
Out of 823 runs scored on the day, only eleven separated the two sides as Lancashire, chasing 418, fell to 406 all out.
It means that after an opening day defeat to Worcestershire on Wednesday, the Red Rose head across the Pennines in desperate need of a victory to kick-start their bid for knockout cricket.
Watch: Highlights of Dane Vilas' 166 against Notts Outlaws
Defeat, maybe. But confidence will surely have been enhanced by their gallant batting display against Notts, led by superb hundreds for Steven Croft and captain Dane Vilas, the latter who hit a career best 166.
Now it is just about putting in a solid display with the ball against a Yorkshire side who have won one and tied one from their first two games.
Jimmy Anderson remains available to Lancashire having been rested at Trent Bridge.
It was determined prior to the competition that the England Test legend would not be available for every game as he manages his workload ahead of the Ashes.
Glenn Maxwell plays against the county he represented in 2015.
For Yorkshire, they could recall South African fast bowler Duanne Olivier, who has been rested from their first two group games.
England limited overs duo Adil Rashid and David Willey will play in front of what is expected to be a bumper Easter Sunday crowd.
Yorkshire opened their account with a 213-run win against Leicestershire at Headingley on Wednesday before playing out a thrilling tie against Warwickshire at Edgbaston yesterday as they chased 271.
Gary Ballance and Harry Brook hit centuries against the Foxes as they posted 379-7, their joint highest total against county opposition. The other time they achieved that? Against Lancashire last year.
Former Surrey fast bowler Mat Pillans claimed five wickets in that match and has eight in two outings.
Yorkshire have reached the knockout stages for the last five years running, but they have not won any limited overs silverware since 2002.
Centuries from Adam Lyth and David Willey fired Yorkshire, who elected to bat, to an imposing 379-7 declared at Emirates Old Trafford last May.
And Yorkshire’s highest ever one-day score against county opposition proved too stiff a task for Lancashire to respond to, despite a racing start in reply.
Opener Lyth and Willey shared a record-breaking 235 for the second wicket, hitting 144 and 131 respectively. It was their county’s highest ever stand for the second wicket.
In reply, Keaton Jennings (60) and Liam Livingstone, who smashed 79 off 44 balls, shared a second wicket stand of 124 in 12.3 overs, taking the score to 144-1 in the 18th.
The chase slipped from there until Tom Bailey and Stephen Parry hit late cameos to re-ignite home hopes from 302-8 in the 43rd. Lancashire were bowled out for 363 in 49 overs, with Willey finishing with four wickets and Rashid three.
It was Lancashire’s final group game and their fourth defeat in eight.
WHAT THEY SAID
Glen Chapple hailed Dane Vilas’ 166 as “probably the best innings I’ve ever seen in one-day cricket” and believes his side will take significant confidence from nearly chasing 418 to beat Notts on Friday.
Steven Croft also hit a superb century from number three in the order.
But, despite the efforts, Lancashire are now two defeats from two in the North heading into the clash with the White Rose on enemy territory.
“It was a hell of a pitch and a hell of a chase,” said the coach.
“I thought Crofty’s innings was fantastic for someone who’s been struggling to get in the team and batting down the order.
“He’s been in really good form lately and has been working hard. He took his chance.
“Dane’s an unbelievable example to the rest of the team.
“He fielded for 50 overs and is then scampering twos all the way through his knock.
“He’s obviously hitting the fence regularly, but the number of twos he was stealing through his speed and fitness! He was cramping towards the end and is still taking twos on.
“We probably did enough to win the game.
“We’ve just got to keep working and keep playing.
“It’s a steep learning curve, and we have a lot of young lads playing.
“The injured ones are getting fitter by the day, so hopefully we’ll have more to pick from.
“We’ve played some good cricket in the last two games, and we’ll keep going.
“The performance was good enough to win, and it should have been one of the best wins these players will ever play in. They will be disappointed, but it gives them plenty of confidence going into the next matches.
“If you take the performance for what it is, it’s a fantastic effort. But we play for points because it’s professional sport.”
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