Pyrah aiming to have a Blast with Yorkshire

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Ossett cricketer Richard Pyrah is in the Yorkshire Vikings squad for the start of the new look county T20 competition tomorrow.

All-rounder Pyrah has been unable to force his way into the four-day team so far this season with Yorkshire able to call on their England players and making a strong start to the campaign, but his ability to bat and bowl and his outstanding fielding ability makes him a key squad player in the short form of the game.

Yorkshire are looking for a better T20 showing than last year and hoping for a big crowd at Headingley for their first game in the new NatWest T20 Blast when they host Northamptonshire Steelbacks at Headingley tomorrow (start 5.30pm).

England players Joe Root and Gary Ballance are also in a strong-looking squad along with overseas player Kane Williamson, but big-hitting Australian Aaron Finch is not in the country yet because of commitments in the Indian Premier League and will not play until the end of the month at the earliest.

Yorkshire’s 13-man squad to face Northamptonshire Steelbacks: Jonathan Bairstow, Gary Ballance, Tim Bresnan, Jack Brooks, Andrew Gale (capt), Andrew Hodd, Adam Lyth, Liam Plunkett, Richard Pyrah, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ryan Sidebottom, Kane Williamson.

The starting XI will be named after the toss on Friday.