Glenn Maxwell and Andy Hodd, the two heroes of Headingley on Friday night, both believe that Yorkshire’s crushing victory over Nottinghamshire, has set their team up for a positive result against NatWest T20 Blast Champions, Birmingham, at Edgbaston tomorrow.
Aussie Maxwell was at his brilliant and most audacious best in thrashing an unbeaten 92 from just 48 balls with eight fours and five sixes, while Hodd’s equally entertaining 70 used up 39 deliveries and contained six fours and five sixes.
Not only did their rapid 101 stand together in just short of ten overs enable Yorkshire to complete the double over the Outlaws, it also ended a worrying run of three consecutive defeats which had threatened to wreck the Vikings expressed intention of reaching Finals Day and lifting the Cup for the first time.
But with six points from six games and at least a match in hand of all North Group opponents bar Birmingham, who have also played six, they are right back in the frame. And although Birmingham have notched one more victory than Yorkshire they suffered a setback on Friday when Leicestershire brought to an end their four-match winning streak.
Maxwell admitted that his big innings had boosted his confidence after a stuttering start to his time with Yorkshire.
“The boys really enjoyed themselves against Notts and hopefully we can keep the momentum going,” he said.
“I think the way we played in all three facets showed we are getting a good grip on our T20. It’s all about momentum and if we can take that into the game with Birmingham it will be ideal. We’ll back ourselves to do well.
“Hopefully, we can create a Vikings juggernaut and stampede into the finals. If we do, it will be a massive thing if we can really cause some damage on Finals Day.”
Hodd enjoyed easily his best T20 innings against Notts after getting a late call to dash to Headingley as replacement for Jonny Bairstow who had been called up by England as cover for Jos Buttler.
One minute Hodd was plastering a wall at home while doing a spot of DIY and the next he was plastering the Outlaws’ attack to all parts of the Test ground.
Now he believes Yorkshire are in exactly the right frame of mind to return from Edgbaston with the points. “If we continue to play our best cricket then I think we can beat anyone,” he said.
“The quality of cricket in North Group has improved loads and plenty of teams are in with a chance because everyone seems to have been beating everyone else at some stage.
“It was great to get a late call back into Yorkshire’s side and I really enjoyed seizing the opportunity but I realise that it will be tough holding down my place if Jonny comes back.”