YORKSHIRE head into tonight’s crackerjack of a Roses NatWest T20 Blast clash with Lancashire Lightning at Emirates Old Trafford on the back of an excellent performance against Derbyshire last week, according to Jason Gillespie.
A sell out crowd was always expected, despite the fact that Andrew Flintoff won’t play, and the Vikings travel across the Pennines with a win on the board after hammering the Falcons.
The game pits Gillespie’s side against an outfit sitting top of the North Division with four wins from five. Yorkshire have lost one, won one and had the other of their three matches washed out.
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England’s Test players will be unavailable, although Tim Bresnan will play for Yorkshire and Jos Buttler for Lancashire.
“I thought we played a really good game against Derbyshire last week. We can build on that,” said Gillespie, who reserved particular praise for allrounder Oliver Robinson’s debut (0-22 from four).
“Some lads stepped up and did some important roles. Alex Lees played wonderfully and I thought young Oliver Robinson was outstanding with the ball and in the field.
“We were slow out of the blocks with the ball. Oliver created a run out opportunity, then came on and bowled really well in the death overs. Hopefully he can build on that performance.”