YORKSHIRE know they need to get back to winning ways as they take on Derbyshire Falcons in Group A of the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition at Headingley today.
The home side will be eager to put their two-run defeat to the Netherlands a week ago behind them but they are not alone in that aim – their visitors also suffered a 13-run defeat to the Dutch.
Yorkshire were semi-finalists in the 40-over format last season and will need to hit top gear from now on to repeat that achievement as only the top side from Group A is guaranteed a last four spot, so any further slip-ups would make a trip to the Lord’s final in September a more distant possibility.
Yorkshire squad: Andrew Gale, Adam Lyth, Joe Root, Anthony McGrath, Jonathan Bairstow, Gerard Brophy, Richard Pyrah, Ajmal Shahzad, Adil Rashid, Ryan Sidebottom, Steve Patterson, Joe Sayers and David Wainwright.
Alexei Kervezee and Vikram Solanki both hit excellent half-centuries as Worcestershire beat Kent by six wickets in an entertaining Group A Clydesdale Bank 40 game at Canterbury.
Solanki smashed a classy 59 from just 49 balls, striking 10 fours, and Kervezee 69 from 84 balls as Worcestershire reached their victory target with three balls to spare.
They were at the heart of a superbly-paced chase after Kent, who won the toss, posted 232 for eight from their 40 overs – a total which was less than they would have hoped for when Martin van Jaarsveld and Darren Stevens were blazing away in a third-wicket stand of 70 in just 12 overs.
At Lord’s Middlesex prevented Holland from completing yet another famous victory – but only just.
Middlesex scored 286-5 with Dawid Malan top scoring with, but the Dutch took the game to the very last ball and were beaten by just one run as Holland closed their 40 overs on 285-6 with Tom Cooper having scored an unbeaten 126.