Tykes wary of local rivals threat

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YORKSHIRE skipper Andrew Gale is warning his players to beware of a Lancashire backlash when they entertain their arch rivals in the Friends Life T20 at Headingley Carnegie tomorrow.

Yorkshire claimed a thrilling two wicket win over their neighbours in the competition last Friday after a stunning performance from young all-rounder Azeem Rafiq but Gale is acutely aware the Red Rose county will want revenge in the return meeting.

“Lancashire will come pretty hard at us, they will have learned a lesson from last week, they will know a little bit more about us and they will be hurting from losing on their patch and will be up for doing the same to us,” said Gale.

More than 10,000 tickets have already been sold for the eagerly-anticipated clash and club officials are hoping for a capacity crowd to spur on Yorkshire, who have recorded two wins from their opening five matches in the format.

Promising Sheffield player Joe Root scored 126 as Yorkshire got their match with Derbyshire in the 2nd XI Championship underway at the second attempt. The first time, at Marske, was abandoned after just eight overs because of a dangerous pitch with Yorkshire 22-1 and Root 12 not out.

They switched the game to Stamford Bridge, starting again, and the Sheffield youngster took full advantage with his ton as did Alex Lees with 96 (the pair adding 198). Barnsley’s Rafiq made 52 as Yorkshire compiled 335-8. Derbyshire were 49-1.