The Steelbacks are back in action today as the side travel down to the south coast to face Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl in the Royal London One-Day Cup.
The last time these sides met was 2013 in the LV= County Championship, with both home and away fixtures ending in draws, as Andrew Hall and Rob Keogh scored a century and double century respectively.
The Steelbacks faced the Yorkshire Vikings at the County Ground on Tuesday in a game reduced to 38 overs per side due to the rain earlier in the day. The visitors won the toss and elected to bowl first and the Vikings made the perfect start taking the wickets of Stephen Peters and Kyle Coetzer early on.
Adam Rossington (75) and Richard Levi (34) built a solid third wicket partnership worth 73 before Levi was dismissed by Patterson. Ben Duckett (45) came in and played well with Rossington with the pair putting on 73, again for the hosts before Duckett fell just short of his maiden List A half century for the second consecutive game. The Steelbacks’ innings then stalled as the hosts finished their 38 overs on 209/7.
Yorkshire started as they meant to go on as Alex Lees (102) and Alex Lyth (84) put on 195 for the first wicket partnership before Matthew Spriegel made the breakthrough. Late wickets for Graeme White and James Middlebrook didn’t stop the visitors easily reaching the target set by the Steelbacks as Yorkshire won by 6 wickets.
One to Watch
Hampshire will be without inspirational skipper and opening batsman James Vince, however they will still have England man Michael Carberry. The opener is a classy batsman, who will be looking return the England line up, and averages 33.4 which includes six centuries.
Another England man to watch will be spinner Danny Briggs, who averages 34 with the ball, having taken 68 wickets in 60 List A games.
David Ripley has named an unchanged squad that will travel down to Hampshire, plus new loan signing Mark Turner will join the squad.
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