Life goes on for Vikings despite Roses washout


Over 16,000 fans went home from Headingley disappointed last night, as Yorkshire’s eagerly-anticipated Roses clash against Lancashire was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

But there was no evening of rest for Yorkshire’s players, as they immediately boarded the bus to Nottingham for today’s NatWest T20 Blast clash with Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

The Vikings then face Leicestershire and Durham on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively, before travelling to New Road to face Worcestershire on Friday.

The intense T20 period gives Yorkshire a much-needed rest from their schedule in the County Championship, where they are currently joint top of Division One.

And one player who is expected to sit out the majority of the short-format games over the next week is seamer Jack Brooks, who has taken 42 Championship wickets so far this term.

“Jack’s hitting a wall now, and we’re probably going to leave him out of some of the Twenty20s left over the next week or so,” Vikings skipper Andrew Gale said.

“We’ve got maybe a ten-day break from Championship cricket with five Twenty20s, so it’s the ideal opportunity to let him put his feet up because he’s going to be a big asset for us in the second half of the year.

“We’re going to need him.

“He might play every Championship game from now on. The schedule actually calms down a bit now Championship-wise.

“He probably won’t play every Twenty20 but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to win. It’s an ideal time to give him a rest.”

Yorkshire’s T20 at Trent Bridge today is live on Sky Sports, and will begin at 2.30pm.