Roses T20 Preview

Friday night once again clashes the Roses counties in a NatWest T20 Blast showdown at Headingley.

Lancashire go into the match at Headingley five points ahead of Yorkshire in the North Division having played three matches more.

The visitors have won six out of eight T20 games this season and are currently sitting in second place of the North Division behind Worcestershire, who are ahead on net run rate.

Lancashire’s key player will be Pakistani international Junaid Khan, who has had an outstanding start to the competition this year.

The left-arm quick bowler is Lancashire’s leading wicket-taker this season with 14 wickets in seven T20 games, as well as having an economy rate of just 6.5 runs per over.

Ashwell Prince, who made his career-best first class score of 257* this week, said: “He has been a great signing for us.”

“His ability to get the ball in the block-hole is sensational really. He can also bowl the bumper which doesn’t make it easy for the batsman, you can’t just go on the front foot expecting a yorker because he can get it through at head height too.”

Yorkshire won the previous encounter at Emirates Old Trafford by five wickets thanks to an explosive 88 from Australian powerhouse Aaron Finch.

The White Rose county will be looking to start a period of five games in eight days positively and Finch will be crucial to that.

Lancashire Assistant Coach Gary Yates said about Finch: “He is what he is and he is world-class and he has the potential to have another innings like he did.”

“We won’t focus heavily on one player, we’ll focus on what we do best, but we’ll certainly be gathering the information we got from the first game on how we will bowl.”

He added: “Great game for the players again, we could potentially be in for another close game and we’ve got to keep trying to do what we’ve done well.”

“We’ve got some positive belief in the batting in that format and we’ve seemed to land on some good form for the bowlers, but we’re in for a cracking game.”

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