YORKSHIRE are playing well enough to end their 12-year wait for silverware in the most emphatic of ways - by winning the double, according to their captain Andrew Gale.
Gale’s side beat Sussex in the LV= County Championship at Scarborough earlier in the week to go six points clear with three matches left, including a potential title decider against second-placed Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge next month.
The Vikings then travelled down to Southampton on Thursday and demolished Hampshire by six wickets with 127 balls to spare in pursuit of 173 as they secured a home quarter-final against Durham in the Royal London One-day Cup next Thursday.
Yorkshire’s last title was the C&G Trophy in 2002 when they beat Somerset at Lord’s, which a teenaged Gale watched from the stands alongside Tim Bresnan having just played for the England Under-19s the day before.
“I think we are playing a brand of cricket that can win us the double this season,” revealed the White Rose skipper.
“All the lads are in good nick, and when we get out there, we are making sure we are executing our plans. You can see what our plans are in one-day cricket. To date, in both forms, we are going really well.
“That’s the aim. To still be in with a shout of two trophies going into the last month of the season is a great effort.
“We were pretty ruthless against Hampshire. I was thinking before the game how tricky they are as a side in one-day cricket usually. I know they had their eye on Finals Day, but in a game like this, it’s important you get over the line and keep the momentum going.
“Whether it was a home or an away quarter-final, I was not really bothered because our home form has not been great in one-day or T20 cricket.
“I think the main thing about winning was keeping our momentum and form going.
“Between now and the Old Trafford game in the Championship, there is not that much cricket. There was Hampshire and the quarter-final, so it was important that we kept the lads ticking away and in form.”
Durham finished fourth in Group 'B' with a record of four wins from eight matches. They only just sneaked into the last eight because Somerset failed to beat Surrey in their final match at the Oval on Wednesday night.
They won the 50-over Friends Provident Trophy in 2007 by beating Hampshire in the final, a game in which current Yorkshire all-rounder Liam Plunkett played in for Durham and took three wickets.
England man Plunkett will not play next week because of an ongoing ankle injury.
“It’s going to be massive for both teams really,” added Gale. “Durham are probably out of the Championship race now, so they’re probably looking at this competition for a trophy.
“We have not won a one-day final for a long time, so we want to get through this quarter-final, then the semi-final and get to a Lord’s final.”
There will be no advanced ticket sales for the match, with all tickets sold on the day. Yorkshire members will be entitled to free entry, while adult tickets are £15, £10 for senior citizens, £5 juniors and £2 students.