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MATCH PREVIEW: Yorkshire Vikings v Lancashire

MATCH PREVIEW: Yorkshire Vikings v Lancashire

After yesterday’s rained off opener against Essex at Sedbergh, Lancashire will hope to get their campaign up and running properly across the Pennines.

Yorkshire Vikings v Lancashire
Royal London Cup, Group B
Thursday August 4, 2022, 11am
Clifton Park, York Cricket Club

The Red Rose will face a Yorkshire side who won their opener at York yesterday, racking up 353-5 in 46 overs against Northamptonshire and defending it to win by 33 runs on DLS.

Another high-scoring game is expected on a true pitch with good bounce and short boundaries at Clifton Park.

The ground is home to Yorkshire Premier League North powerhouses York, for whom new Vikings captain Jonny Tattersall plays his club cricket when county commitments allow.

Opponents

Yorkshire are fielding an inexperienced team in this season’s RL50.

They are shorn of nine players because of the Hundred, plus head coach Ottis Gibson, who is with the Northern Superchargers as an assistant.

Ali Maiden is taking charge for this competition, with help from Kabir Ali, Tom Smith and Tim Boon, the latter three all having links with Lancashire.

Ali and Smith, of course, are former players - in Smith’s case, a former captain - while Boon has been helping Thunder out with some coaching in recent years.

At the weekend, wicketkeeper batter Jonny Tattersall was announced as the club’s new captain until the end of the season, replacing Steve Patterson, who stepped down last week.

A Vikings side reached the knockout stages last year, an achievement which was seen as one of the highlights of their season.

They are up and running again this summer following the Northants success, which included centuries for openers Will Fraine and Harry Duke. But Lancashire will be hoping to burst their bubble.

Opposing player to watch

England Under 19s batter Will Luxton is very highly regarded by Yorkshire’s hierarchy.

Luxton, 19, debuted in last summer’s Royal London Cup, scoring 68 on debut.

A dasher with the bat, Luxton played in England’s winter run to the Under 19s World Cup final in the West Indies, scoring 156 runs in six innings with a best of 47 not out.

Luxton made his first-class debut in last month’s LV= Insurance County Championship defeat against Surrey at Scarborough, posting 31 in his first innings.

He will be batting at number three in this competition and hit a career best 84 off 53 balls in yesterday’s win over Northants.

As his and the Yorkshire innings progressed, it descended into shot-a-ball stuff.

Previous meeting

These two sides last met in the Royal London Cup at Headingley in April 2019, and what a day it was!

Lancashire won by one run defending a target of 312, including two wickets in the last over from Saqib Mahmood - both run out.

Steven Croft’s busy 97 was the feature of Lancashire’s 311-6 after they elected to bat, including David Willey’s 2-51 from 10 overs.

Rob Jones also hit a busy 65 off 51 and shared 120 for the fifth wicket, advancing from 116-4 in the 23rd. Josh Bohannon’s superb, late unbeaten 55 off 32 balls give the side’s innings real impetus.

In reply, Vikings opener Tom Kohler-Cadmore also made 97 off 113 balls, and he was forced into a recovery job from 87-3 in the 21st over, sharing a 137 stand with Gary Ballance (72 off 64).

At 214-3 in the 39th over, hosts Yorkshire were on course to make a success of their Family Fun Day.

But Mahmood (3-76 from 10) was about to put the skids under their chase. He removed Kohler-Cadmore and Ballance inside three overs and later defended 16 off the last over with only one wicket left.

Jonny Tattersall hit the first two balls of the final over for four, but he was run out. Josh Poysden was also left short of his ground trying to scramble a second run off the last ball which would have secured a tie.

Lancashire went on to qualify for the semi-finals, only to be knocked out by Hampshire.

What they said

Karl Krikken has described tomorrow’s Roses clash in the Minster city as a “tremendous” prospect.

Krikken is part of Lancashire’s coaching staff for the Royal London Cup, alongside Graham Onions and Craig White.

There was obvious frustration following yesterday’s washout at Sedbergh. But, says, the former Derbyshire wicketkeeper and coach: “The lads are in a good space.

“They’re in a decent run of form and are confident.

“It’s my first Roses match in charge as such, and I’m looking forward to it. Different location at York. I’ve coached Derby seconds there before, and it’s usually a good wicket. It looks like it could be a run feast. It should be a good game.”

Krikken has stepped up from his regular role with Lancashire’s second team to help fill the hole left by Hundred bound Glen Chapple and Carl Crowe.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” he said of the next few weeks of 50-over cricket.

“They’re a good bunch of lads, and working alongside Bunny and Craig White as well, who are also good fellas.

“We feel we are very strong, and we want to win the competition.

“We speak about developing, but there’s no better way of developing players than by winning games.”

How’s Stat!

Lancashire and Yorkshire have met 64 times in List A cricket, the Red Rose winning 35 of them and losing 25. In matches across the Pennines, Lancashire have won 17 of 29.

 
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