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Williamson back to boost White Rose campaign; YORKS CRICKET.

WILL Kane Williamson be able to pull Yorkshire round from their worstever one-day start to a season and help give them a much-needed boost in both the Nat-West T20 Blast and the Royal London Cup? Now that New Zealand captain and batting maestro Williamson is back in the Yorkshire camp, that is the question the White Rose fans are asking themselves.

And they are also hoping that Williamson's class will do much to keep the County Champions at the top of the Division One table in the mid part of the summer as they bid to complete a hat-trick of title wins for the first time since 1966-68.

The Championship victory over Lancashire at Headingley ensured Yorkshire remain wellplaced to pull off what would be a great achievement. But it's a different story in the one-day arena where, overall, they have made their worst start ever.

Twenty20 cricket first up started in 2003 and in the 14 seasons since then Yorkshire have never lost their first three matches, as they have done this time.

It's not that Yorkshire are guilty of a blase attitude towards one-day cricket, quite the very opposite is true. Director of professional cricket Martyn Moxon and coach Jason Gillespie have planned meticulously for the new campaign ever since the end of last season and the players have all been made aware of their particular roles.

"We are really looking forward to having Kane around for six weeks or so," said Moxon. "He is captain of New Zealand in all three formats and his career is going from strength to strength.

"We need a bit of a boost from somewhere, and having him around will hopefully give us that bit of experience and know-how."

After successive wash-outs, Yorkshire host Northamptonshire at Scarborough in the Royal London Cup today.

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jun 14, 2016
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