The Yorkshire Phoenix are going all out to wilt the Red Rose for a second time in just over a month.
Ruthless Yorkshire Phoenix are going all out to wilt the Red Rose for a second time.
David Byas' side entertain Lancashire Lightning in the Twenty20 Cup at Headingley tonight, one of the most eagerly-anticipated clashes of the season.
Yorkshire must win to have any chance of progressing from the northern division into the quarter-finals and derby pride is also up for grabs.
After stunning Lancashire with a memorable Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy victory at Old Trafford last month, Yorkshire fancy their chances of a rare double success over the arch-enemy.
Said Byas: "Taking on Lancs is always a massive game for Yorkshire and it should be another great contest. We have beaten them once but it'd be nice to do them twice in the same year. That's the aim and it would also keep us in contention for the quarter-finals."
Yorkshire will have to soften big-hitting England star Andrew Flintoff if they are to have any chance of succeeding.
The powerful all-rounder makes his debut in Twenty20 cricket in Leeds and many feel his abrasive style could shatter records galore.
With former West Indian skipper Carl Hooper, Australian Stuart Law and England one-day specialist Dominic Cork among their ranks, Lancashire have plenty of match-winners for the 20-overs slog.
However, Yorkshire can call upon Aussie World Cup star Ian Harvey – the first person to hit a ton in the competition – after injury and fellow countryman Phil Jaques who is in fine form as he nears the end of his spell in England.
Following a last-ball Twenty20 win over Derbyshire, Yorkshire have suffered painful defeats against Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, blasting more than 200 runs in each contest yet still losing out.
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