Main Men: Yorkshire Vikings
A look at three key Vikings players ahead of tonight's Roses clash at Emerald Headingley
Lancashire Lightning are looking to get back to winning ways after suffering their first defeat of this year’s Vitality Blast against Nottinghamshire Outlaws- and what better way to do it than at Emerald Headingley against the Old Enemy.
The rivals face each other twice in the space of four day as Lancashire look to push towards the top of the North group.
So far this season, Yorkshire have won two games, lost two and had two abandoned because of the weather, losing their last game on the final ball against Leicestershire Foxes on Friday evening.
When the sides met in last season’s campaign, Lancashire came out on top, with a nine-run victory at Headingley, whilst the other match was abandoned without a ball bowled.
Ahead of the Roses games, we take a closer look at the three men for Yorkshire who could cause a threat.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore is one of the standout batsmen in the T20 Vitality Blast.
Having come through the Yorkshire age-system, the 26-year-old then spent four years at Worcestershire before heading back North.
During his time in the West Midlands, he set a club record for scoring the highest total in a T20 game, as he hit 127 off 54 balls in a game against Durham back in 2016.
Since his return to Yorkshire, he has continued to grow as a player, which was evident last year where he top scored for the club in all competitions, with a total of 1,729 runs.
Throughout the 2019 Vitality Blast, he hit 435 runs, with an average of 62.14 and a strike rate of 141.
His impressive form led to him being handed a three-year contract extension to keep him at Emerald Headingley until 2023.
After a steady start to this season’s T20 campaign, where he hit a combined total of 22 in the opening two games, Kohler-Cadmore smashed 85 against Durham at Emirates Riverside.
In a total of 75 T20 Blast games throughout his career, Kohler-Cadmore has scored a total of 2,064 runs.
Thirty-two-year-old, Adam Lyth, has been a servant to Yorkshire cricket for well over a decade.
Last year he placed himself in the record books, as he passed 10,000 first-class career runs for the Club, whilst also becoming the county’s leading T20 scorer.
In the games shortest format, he has always been a key performer, spearheading his side to the 2016 Finals Day, before continuing that form the year after with 535 runs in 12 games.
On the way to that total, Lyth posted the highest T20 score in English cricket, smashing 161 off 73 against Northants.
The left-handed batsman has started off this campaign strongly, scoring 61 against Derbyshire Falcons and 53 against Notts Outlaws before hitting another half-century - 71 - at Leicestershire Foxes on Friday night.
Lyth is no stranger to a Roses game and seems to revel in the big stage. He has already scored a century against the Red Rose this season, albeit in a different Bob Willis Trophy format.
The 32-year-old’s time at Emerald Headingley isn’t coming to an end any time soon, as he signed a new contract at the beginning of this year that will keep him with Yorkshire until the end of 2022.
After a frustrating 2019, talented leg-spinner Josh Poysden is looking to put his misfortunes behind him and regroup this season.
The 29-year-old joined Yorkshire on loan in 2018, before making the move from Warwickshire permanent the following year.
Whilst he started off last season off with six wickets in the Royal London One-Day cup, he couldn’t build on that as he suffered a head injury in the nets after only one Vitality Blast game, which saw him ruled out.
This year has been brighter for Poysden so far, as he took two wickets in the Vikings opening T20 game against Derbyshire.
His tally up to five a few games later, taking three more in the win at Durham.
Throughout his Vitality Blast career, the 29-year-old has taken a total of 23 in 29 matches.
Whilst he is not the highest wicket taker in the competition, his start to this year’s campaign makes him a threat to the Lightning batters.
Memberships for Vitality Blast 2021 are now on sale from £35, allowing access to all Lancashire Lightning home games next season.