By Alex Gibbings

The Yorkshire Vikings opened up their Royal London One-Day Cup campaign underway this weekend, and finished with two wins from two against local rivals Nottinghamshire (Saturday April 29) and Lancashire (Monday May 1).

The away trip to Trent Bridge to face the Notts Outlaws saw Yorkshire bowl out their hosts for just 185, before taking just 35 overs to reach their target, making 191-3 to win by 7 wickets.

Tim Bresnan led the Vikings’ attack, with superb bowling from the Englishman leaving him with figures of 3-22. His bowling meant that the Outlaws struggled to get a hold of the game, and left Notts with a lot of work to do if they were to get anything from the game.

New England test captain Joe Root made 75 off just 80 balls as he made light work of the Notts bowling efforts. He sealed the win by hitting his own brother, Billy, for six as the Vikings picked up their first win of their One-Day Cup campaign.

Joe Root led the way for the Vikings’ batsmen on Day 1 of the Royal London One-Day Cup.

That win was then followed up by a Roses Match at Headingley on Monday. Captain Gary Ballance maintained his good early-season form, scoring 85 from 77 balls, to go with his two centuries from the test match with Hampshire last week.

Peter Handscomb top scored for the Vikings, with 86 off 78 balls, as they scored 296-9, leaving the Lancashire Lightning with a massive task ahead if they were to overcome their hosts.

Azeem Rafiq led the Vikings’ charge, with figures of 4-47, with Adil Rashid not far behind on 2-34, as they bowled the Lightning out for 217, earning a 79-run win, and a second win in three days. Alex Davies made 43 as he tried his best to give Lancs a good start in reply, but ultimately the Lightning came up short and meant that they would lose their second game of their own Cup campaign.

Azeem Rafiq (centre) helped Yorkshire to bowl Lancashire all out for 217, making 4-47 in the 79-run win.

Yorkshire next host Durham at Headingley tomorrow (May 3), before travelling to Worcestershire on Friday (May 5) as they look to maintain their 100% record in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

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