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28th May 2023 T20 Blast

Wayne Parnell in line to make Durham debut against Yorkshire Vikings

Wayne Parnell could be in line to make his Durham T20 debut tomorrow, when Durham take on Yorkshire Vikings at Clean Slate Headingley, 11:30am.

The South African international lands in England today, and a decision will be made on his selection ahead of the Yorkshire game.

Ryan Campbell has made one change to the squad which was named to travel to Wantage Road – with David Bedingham dropping out of the 14 player squad named on Thursday.

Durham go into tomorrow’s game on the back of a dominating win over Northants Steelbacks on Friday night, with Graham Clark scoring his maiden Durham T20 century.

Yorkshire have so far played two games in the North group, losing both of their fixtures against Worcestershire Rapids and Birmingham Bears.

Words from Nathan Sowter

It was an incredible night for Durham to go on from what we’ve been doing the Championship and turn up here and put in a performance like that. The boys are stoked and I think the coaching staff are even happier. It’s nice to get a win and get our campaign started. It means a lot to get five wickets for Durham.

“Graham Clark was stunning. He’s worked so hard on his game. He played well last year early in the tournament, he probably was disappointed, but to start the tournament like tonight was incredible. He’s a good man, so I’m very happy for him and hopefully he can roll on to Sunday and do another good job. He’s absolutely flying after that century in the Championship at Bristol. Everyone’s very happy for him.

“I had a spell at Durham last year, it gave me a taste of it and it’s nice to come back out here and represent Durham. Hopefully we can push for higher honours, and we’ll see where the tournament takes us.”

Squad v Yorkshire Vikings (28 May) 

Jonathan Bushnell, Graham Clark, Luke Doneathy, Bas de Leede, Brandon Glover, Michael Jones, Alex Lees*, Wayne Parnell, Stanley McAlindon, Ben Raine, Ollie Robinson+, Luke Robinson, Nathan Sowter, Ashton Turner, Liam Trevaskis.

Opposition Corner 

Captain: Shan Masood

Overseas players: Shan Masood (Pakistan), David Wiese (Namibia, after IPL commitments with KKR).

Finals Day appearances: 3 (2012, 2016, 2022)

Titles: 0

2022 finish: Semi-finals

2022 leading runscorer: Adam Lyth (525)

2022 leading wicket taker: Jordan Thompson (17)

Key winter moves: It’s as much who’s left as who’s joined. Dynamic duo David Willey – Yorkshire’s ex-Blast captain – and Tom Kohler-Cadmore departed to Northamptonshire and Somerset and have left a hole. Harry Brook’s limited availability is also a blow. The signing of veteran all-rounder David Wiese is a smart one, while rookie leg-spinner Jafar Chohan could emerge.

The big question: Yorkshire have gone into many a Blast campaign amongst the favourites down the years. That won’t be the case this year, even though they reached last year’s Finals Day. Can they surprise a few and claim a maiden Blast crown? It would be the perfect tonic for a squad who haven’t had the easiest of starts to the summer.

Wildcard watch: George Hill – The all-rounder has already caught the eye in Championship cricket over the last couple of years, but the 22-year-old is yet to emerge in the Blast having only played 14 times since debuting in 2020. A crisp striker who loves to attack spin and a canny seamer, this would be the perfect time to shine for Yorkshire and with Hundred teams watching.

Final thought: As well as targeting a maiden Blast title, Yorkshire will also hope to reverse last season’s Roses record when they were beaten twice in thrillers, including in the semi-final, and drew the other clash. The Vikings have only won five Roses Blast matches in the last 10 seasons.

Match Centre

The Club’s match centre will be in operation for the fixture with live scorecards, statistics & video highlights as they happen. You can watch the game live via Durham’s match centre and Yorkshire  YouTube channel. Durham Cricket will have full coverage on social media, with a full match report at the close.

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