By George Rogan
Yorkshire Vikings travel to Nottinghamshire Outlaws looking for a win in their first Royal London One-Day Cup fixture of the season.
The Vikings will be looking to go further than last year when they reached the semi-finals before being bowled out in a 19-run loss to Surrey. Notts failed to qualify for a quarter final place last season after losing their final group game to Durham.
Both sides will have their full international contingents available for the match at Trent Bridge.
Captain Gary Ballance will lead the Vikings and he is in red hot form after scoring 203 not out during Yorkshire’s second innings in the draw at Hampshire. This followed his century in the first innings, in which the rest of the side struggled to score as they were bowled out for 231.
Yorkshire will be able to call upon England’s new test captain Joe Root as well as wicket keeper Johnny Bairstow. The Outlaws will have the likes of Stuart Broad, Jake Ball and Alex Hales available for them as both sides look to get off the ground running in this competition. Root could be in line to play against his brother for the first time, as younger sibling Billy makes his debut in today’s game against Worcestershire.
Liam Plunkett has been included in Yorkshire’s 13-man squad for the 75 mile trip after recovering from a calf injury suffered last month in Abu Dhabi.
Yorkshire will have to be weary of Outlaws bowler Harry Gurney who took 19 wickets in last season’s group stage. However, the Vikings will be hoping Adam Lyth rediscovers the form that saw him score 439 runs at an average of 48 in the competition last year.
Former Yorkshire academy player and semi-professional cricketer Alex Hardy commented ahead of the campaign: “We have a strong chance of going far. With the likes of Root and Willey available I fancy our chances of starting well and maybe even winning the whole competition.”
And Yorkshire will be confident of a good start as they have a good record against Notts. They have won six of the last seven meetings between the sides. With both sides having near full strength sides available this is not one to be missed as the 50 over competition gets underway.
Yorkshire 13 man squad: Gary Ballance (Captain), Jonny Bairstow (Wicketkeeper), Tim Bresnan, Matthew Fisher, Peter Handscomb, Jack Leaning, Adam Lyth, Liam Plunkett, Azeem Rafiq, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Matthew Waite, David Willey.