Tom Kohler-Cadmore will urge his Yorkshire team-mates to play with a nothing to lose attitude in Friday’s Vitality Blast clash with Durham at Emerald Headingley.
The Vikings are bottom of the North Group and, with five games remaining, have a mountain to climb to reach the top four places for quarter-final qualification.
They have won only one game from nine, added to four defeats, a tie and three No Results.
It has been a disappointing campaign, albeit one which can be salvaged should they go on a perfect run during the next fortnight.
“We are completely backs against the wall,” said stand-in captain Kohler-Cadmore. “If we win our next five, we might sneak in.
“We have nothing to lose. Everyone’s written us off anyway, so we can go out there, express ourselves and hopefully get some results.
“If we do and get a bit of momentum, you never know.
“Right now, we need to focus on Friday and winning that game.”
The clash with a Durham side who are firmly in the hunt for a quarter-final berth having won four of nine – they host Worcestershire on Thursday – will start at 7pm and be televised.
Yorkshire have opted against bringing back West Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Nicholas Pooran, instead furthering the development of their own players.
So far, the only win came when the Vikings racked up 255-2 and defended it against Leicestershire at Grace Road last month.
Either side of that, it has been a frustrating story, most recently against Derbyshire at Headingley on Sunday when the visitors defended 208.
“Jack Leaning came in and played nicely and Jordan Thompson bowled his first two overs brilliantly,” assessed Kohler-Cadmore.
“Every game, we’ve had someone bowl or bat quite nicely, but we’re just not getting the results from it.
“We need to be performing well as a team. We need to all chip in.”
All-rounder Thompson, 22, has encouraged in his six appearances.
He hit a superb half-century in the early defeat against Derbyshire at Chesterfield and has added four wickets with his seamers.
“Tommo’s learning as he goes along,” said Kohler-Cadmore.
“He’s shown over the competition with bat, ball and in the field that he’s such a talented cricketer. With more experiences, he’ll improve.
“He’s had games where he’s been outstanding and others that have brought him back down to earth a bit.
“The important thing for him is to learn when he’s doing well and where the danger is.
“His first two overs were brilliant against Derby, but the last ball of his second, instead of staying wide where he was he went straighter and got hit for six.
“It’s important for those periods to go, ‘I’ve bowled a brilliant over here, I need to get out of it’.
“But, overall, he’s been really good and has shown the talent he’s got.”
With regular skipper Steve Patterson initially resting and then leaving himself out, Kohler-Cadmore has captained six times in this competition and is learning more about a job he would like to do in the future.
“I’d hope that I’ll have learnt from it,” he added.
“It’s been tough, and we’ve not had it our way.
“For me, it’s about speaking to Andrew Gale and the other coaches and the players about things we can do differently and things I can get better at.
“I know I’m not the finished article as a captain or player, so it’s about learning what works and what doesn’t, how to get the best out of different players.”
Durham will field Australian batting duo D’Arcy Short and former Yorkshire overseas Peter Handscomb.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore captains the side with Steven Patterson opting for an extended period of rest. The Club captain has been bowling with the red ball and is working towards Sunday’s Specsavers County Championship match against Nottinghamshire at North Marine Road, Scarborough.
Gary Ballance, currently struggling with a hamstring complaint, is unlikely to feature.
Spinners Josh Poysden (head), Adil Rashid (shoulder) and James Logan (back) have been ruled out for the rest of the season.
Seamer Matthew Fisher (dislocated shoulder/broken thumb), who has been easing back into his bowling work, is around two weeks away from a return to competitive cricket.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore ©
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Vitality Blast table
Finals Days: 2
Coach: Andrew Gale – Former captain who led the side to their only Blast final to date, in 2012. Yorkshire’s leading T20 run-scorer (2,260) is in his third season as coach.
Captain: Steve Patterson – A seamer whose contributions are key for the White Rose in all formats, he hasn’t always been a regular pick in T20 cricket. This is his first full season as skipper, but he led last season’s entire Blast campaign.
Overseas signings: Nicholas Pooran (West Indies – available for the first five games).
Narrative: With only two Finals Day appearances to their name (2012, 2016), the Vikings have underachieved in this format. A side who posted 260 for four against Northants two summers ago – English T20’s highest team total – should be doing far better.
Star man: David Willey – England commitments have ceased for now, meaning he should be available for the entire competition. An all-rounder with star quality and history of taking the Blast by storm. In 2013, he was man-of-the-match in ex-county Northamptonshire’s final win over Surrey at Edgbaston, scoring 60 and taking four wickets, including a hat-trick.
Mr Consistency: Adam Lyth – The left-handed opener, so long as he does not suffer a last-minute injury, will become Yorkshire’s all-time leading T20 run-scorer during 2019. With 2,240 to his name, he is only 20 behind coach Andrew Gale. Late last year, the 31-year-old – also a gun fielder and a handy off-spin bowler – went beyond 100 T20 appearances for the Vikings.
Under the radar: Jonny Tattersall – The county’s first-choice wicketkeeper may well be given a break from taking the gloves during the first five matches with Pooran around, but his busy style of batting could be crucial late in an innings. Should build on one fifty in last season’s debut campaign.
Killer stat: Prior to this season, Yorkshire had reached or topped 200 in an innings on 16 occasions. Six of those scores were achieved in the past two campaigns.
Finals Days: 2 (2008, 2016)
Coach: James Franklin – The New Zealander served as an assistant under his compatriot Daniel Vettori in the Big Bash for the Brisbane Heat and is in his first Blast season with Durham. Will be hoping for better fortune after the weather denied Durham a place in the knockout stages of the Royal London One-Day Cup earlier this summer.
Overseas signings:* Peter Handscomb (Australia), D’Arcy Short (Australia).
The Narrative: Durham were one of the surprise packages in the Vitality Blast last season, finishing second in the North Group as they reached the quarter-finals, only to be defeated by Sussex. With the added power of Short and Handscomb into the line-up and a savvy bowling attack expect Durham to be at least in contention once again for the knockout stages.
Star Man: D’Arcy Short – Durham pulled off a coup last year with the signing of Imran Tahir. They’ve done it again with Short. The powerful 28-year-old was the leading run scorer and the BBL Player of the Year in the 2018/19 season, achieving the feat for the second year in a row for the Hobart Hurricanes.
Mr Consistency: Chris Rushworth – Although he didn’t quite get the wickets that he normally collects in the Championship, Rushworth was excellent in the Blast last term. His economy rate of 7.58 across 13 games, bowling in the powerplay highlighted his importance to the team. There are not many bowlers more reliable than Rushworth in the county game.
Under the radar: Ben Raine – Durham will likely not see a great deal of Ben Stokes during the Blast, but in Raine they have a solid replacement. Raine has been impressive since his return to the Riverside with the ball in the Championship. The all-rounder will be expected to play a significant part in Durham’s push for the knockout stage in both disciplines.
Killer stat: Before the 2019 Blast, only one Durham player has scored a century in T20 cricket – Paul Collingwood in 2017 against Worcestershire at New Road.
• Yorkshire have won each of their last four T20 matches against Durham at Headingley.
• This is Yorkshire’s 32nd T20 match against Durham – the most they have played against any county (29 against Nottinghamshire).
• Durham have never scored over 200 in a T20 match in Yorkshire but the home side made 223 for six at Headingley in 2016.
• Durham have never been dismissed for less than 100 in a T20 match in Yorkshire but the home side were all out for 95 at Headingley in 2014.
• Jonny Bairstow scored 102 not out at Chester-le-Street in 2014 but no Durham batsman has made a century against Yorkshire, home or away.
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