“WE want to be coming here for Finals Day and not for a dead rubber on a Friday night.”

That was the stark message from stand-in captain Tom Kohler-Cadmore after Yorkshire at least ended a frustrating Vitality Blast campaign on a high with victory over Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston.

The White Rose won by 19 runs defending a target of 201, with Kohler-Cadmore leading the way with 94 not out.

Many others chipped in with bat and ball, but his was the main contribution in the Vikings’ fourth win from 14 games and their second in as many nights having beaten Northamptonshire at Emerald Headingley 24 hours earlier.

On Thursday morning, they were bottom of the North Group table, but now finish in fifth place and only two points off quarter-final qualification.

Three of their victories have come in the last four games.

“The last four games we’ve played some really good cricket, which is frustrating for us in a way,” said Kohler-Cadmore.

“But it’s nice to finish on a high and reward the fans who have travelled to watch us at Durham, at Headingley and here. At Notts, we also played the best cricket for 36 overs of the game and didn’t get over the line.

“It’s been a frustrating competition, but it’s nice to finish on a high.

“It’s a nice confident way to finish, but we still need to review this season properly and not shy away from how we played at the start of the season.

“We weren’t good enough, and we need to make sure that next year this doesn’t happen where we start slowly and we don’t execute our skills or whatever it may be.

“We have to come into next season and hit it running.

“It’s important for us to be hard on ourselves and say, ‘Right, how can we be a better team?’”

Kohler-Cadmore’s fifth score above 50 in the 2019 Blast underpinned Yorkshire’s 200-3.

“I felt it was above par,” he said.

“It was a nice wicket, but it was spinning. It was a bit tacky at times as well.

“Luckily for me, the lads who batted played beautifully around me and took the pressure off because I was really struggling to find the boundary. Dave Willey and Harry Brook came in and struck it beautifully.

“Then, the way Tim Bresnan and Mat Pillans bowled up top, they set the tone for us.

“Then, the spinners in the middle - since the Durham game, they’ve been fantastic. Kesh Maharaj has been awesome giving them some of his knowledge.

“Jack Shutt’s had a fantastic tournament. Moving forwards, we’ve found a good spinner in him.”

Rewind a month or so to Emerald Headingley and Kohler-Cadmore was mightily frustrated with himself for not seeing Yorkshire home against the Bears when they were chasing 178 and snatched a tie from the jaws of a victory.

He finished 76 not out and batted through the innings that day as well.

So this innings, at Edgbaston, must surely have banished a few demons?

“Yes and no,” he added. “Every score you get, it depends on the result.

“That day, I scored runs and we didn’t win. Tonight I’ve scored runs and we did, which is nice for me.”