Buoyant Tykes face strugglers

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BUOYANT after reaching their first T20 Finals Day, Yorkshire will be aiming to take that sort of form into the County Championship today - assuming the weather gives them the chance.

Like most counties, Yorkshire have been badly affected by the rainy summer and face Matthew Hoggard’s Leicestershire today hoping they get a few days of decent weather at Grace Road.

Only one day’s play was possible at Queens Park last week and Yorkshire slipped out of the second promotion place after Hampshire moved above them whilst Kent edged a little closer and still have a game in hand.

With Leicestershire struggling at the bottom, Yorkshire will fancy their chances. It is a fourth away game in a straight run five with the first three all washed out draws.

They are now without left arm bowler Mitchell Starc, the leading T20 wicket=taker in the country, who has been called up by Australia and won’t be available for T20 Finals day in Cardiff on August 25 when Yorkshire face Sussex with Hampshire meeting Somerset in the other semi-final.

By then Ryan Sidebottom will be available and possibly Tim Bresnan if England make him available.

Wednesday’s 29 run semi-final win over Worcestershire saw Joe Root continue his impressive recent form, top scoring with 65 from 40 balls in the 212-5, Yorkshire’s second highest T20 total ever.