Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Vikings Hopeful of Red Rose Raid

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Vikings Hopeful of Red Rose Raid

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YORKSHIRE must win their final two matches to finish in the top three places in the North Group and qualify for the knockout stages of the Royal London One-Day Cup, starting with Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford today.

The Vikings sit sixth in the table on seven points, two behind third-placed Notts Outlaws and three behind the top two, Worcestershire and Warwickshire.

But they are the only team in the group with two fixtures remaining, including Northamptonshire at Emerald Headingley on Thursday - when Joe Root has been made available by the England management.

And with Warwickshire hosting Worcestershire on Thursday and Notts hosting fourth-placed Derbyshire, who have eight points, it leaves the door open for Steve Patterson's side.

Fifth-placed Lancashire are already eliminated because they can only reach nine points and one of Derbyshire or Notts have to join Worcester and Warwickshire on 10.

"Lancashire is always a big game - always a niggly game," said Patterson.

"They don't like to lose to us, and we certainly don't like to lose to them."

The omens are good for Yorkshire, who have not lost a List A match against Lancashire since 2008, winning three Royal London ties in 2014, 2016 and 2017 - two at Old Trafford.

"We've done pretty well against them in the 50-over stuff lately, and the T20s as well if I remember rightly," continued Patterson.

"They're a good side, but we're also a good side. We've had the better of them in the last two or three years. Hopefully it can continue.

"The T20s the last few years have been the best because we've had full houses in at both venues, with the atmosphere superb.

"I don't think you'll see that in the 50-over game in terms of the crowd and the atmosphere, but it's still one the lads always get up for maybe a little bit more than the other games. …

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