Stumper Hodd gearing up for Roses clash

Yorkshire's Andrew Hodd batting at Scarborough on Sunday
Yorkshire's Andrew Hodd batting at Scarborough on Sunday

Yorkshire wicket-keeper Andrew Hodd is hoping the Vikings can kick-start their Friends Life T20 season as they go looking for their first win of the campaign against Roses rivals Lancashire tomorrow night.

Tickets have sold out for the much-anticipated clash at Headingley and Hodd is hoping the derby atmosphere can spur the players on to their first t20 success of the season at the third attempt.

Hodd said: “Hopefully a Roses derby will bring the best out of the boys.

“Both times we’ve batted and have been slow out of the blocks. But hopefully the crowd will get behind us and the boys will forget about the technical and tactical issues and just go out and enjoy it. That’s the way this game should be played.

“I’ve heard a lot about the crowd at Headingley for these sorts of matches, and hopefully they can be the 12th man.

“I’m never going to play for England, and this is as close as you’ll get. The thing I want to do is play in front of big crowds. I reckon this is the biggest game on the circuit unless you reach Finals Day.”

Hodd admits he is a big fan of the shortest version of the game.

He added: “I love this format. It’s short, sharp and there are big crowds. That’s where you want to be.

“We have trained well all week and we need to win the game. There will be a lot up for grabs and we want the bragging rights against our biggest rivals.

“A win will give us momentum going into the competition. We are confident of getting the wheels back on track.”