YORKSHIRE v Lancashire in the Royal London one-day Cup. A sunny Easter Sunday at Emerald Headingley. Mat Pillans is not the only one who can’t wait!

The first Roses clash of 2019 is already a crunch match in the North Group, and a bumper crowd is expected (11am start).

Yorkshire are looking to turn an encouraging start into a good one having claimed three points from their opening two fixtures, while Lancashire are teetering having lost two from two.

Australian overseas star Glenn Maxwell has crossed the divide and will line up for Lancashire against the county he represented in 2015.

And Pillans is in line for his first taste of the old rivalry.

The Durban-born quick, a late season signing from Surrey last year, is in excellent form with the ball having taken eight wickets in his two outings so far.

His 5-29 in Wednesday’s win over Leicestershire at Headingley was a career best.

“It was nice to get my CB in my first game for the Vikings, and I’m just taking more confidence game by game,” said the affable fast bowler.

“It makes it easier when you come on after Steve Patterson, and everyone is contributing around the team.

“It’s every bowler’s job to get wickets, and the more I get the better for me.

“But if I have to hold up an end and let the others get the wickets, I’ll do that too.

“We’re just a very settled attack. Guys know their roles, and it’s a very happy place at the moment.”

He continued: “Roses match. Derby day. It should be good. I’m looking forward to it.

“I’m definitely going to be vying for a spot (in the team). I’d like to experience the Roses atmosphere.”

Pillans claimed three wickets in yesterday’s tie against Warwickshire at Edgbaston and was there at the end as the Vikings recovered from 89-5 to close in on a 271 target.

But, with three needed from three balls, he fell caught at mid-off to leave last pair Steve Patterson and Josh Poysden needing three from two balls against young fast bowler Henry Brookes.

“That was rather frustrating!” he added.

“I felt the ball was there to go at the end and got it a bit high on the bat, unfortunately. I was extremely disappointed.

“At half-time, we were quite happy with their score because the wicket was quite difficult.

“The five wickets falling so quickly wasn’t great for us, but Tim Bresnan and Jonny Tattersall came in and showed their class to get us back into it.”

Lancashire, meanwhile, lost by 11 runs to Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge as they chased 418. Steven Croft and captain Dane Vilas hit centuries.

The Red Rose have Jimmy Anderson available to them ahead of England’s Ashes series in August.

Yorkshire have not lost to Lancashire in List A cricket since 2008, and not since 2002 have they been beaten at Headingley by their arch-rivals.

The White Rose have won four straight matches since 2014, three of them at Old Trafford.