Lees backs Vikings in ‘big’ T20 clashes

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Yorkshire star Alex Lees isn’t sure if tonight’s NatWest T20 Blast clash with Leicestershire is yet a ‘must-win’ clash - but the Vikings are well aware that they cannot afford many more disappointing displays if they are to progress from their group.

The Vikings slipped to a disappointing defeat at Nottinghamshire on Saturday after restricting their hosts out to just 143-9.

And that result, coupled with the wash-out of Friday’s Roses clash against Lancashire, puts even more pressure on their remaining games - with Durham the visitors to Headingley tomorrow, and Yorkshire set for a visit to Worcestershire on Friday. Lees, Yorkshire’s leading T20 run scorer, is also in good form in the Championship and he said: “I’m happy with both sides of my batting at the minute going into the second half of the season when, generally, the wickets improve.

“I don’t know if they are must-win yet, but they are big games. We’re backing ourselves to come up with two big results, which would put us back up near the top of the table again.”

Yorkshire batsman Kane Williamson, meanwhile, hit a Test-best 161 not out, and was named Man of the Series, as New Zealand sealed a series win over the West Indies in Bridgetown.