Lyth relishing Yorkshire's T20 trip into the unknown

Adam Lyth
Adam Lyth is confident that Yorkshire will have enough to beat Glamorgan
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Yorkshire have never faced NatWest T20 Blast quarter-final opponents Glamorgan in Twenty20 cricket before but that is not preventing Adam Lyth from looking forward to the make-or-break clash in Cardiff.

Glamorgan finished second in the South Group with a series of impressive performances while Yorkshire made it through by finishing third in the North Group following a poor start.

Lyth played a key role in turning their form around, scoring 240 runs in the group matches, and he says confidence was crucial to the Vikings getting through.

"I think we needed a bit of confidence," he said.

"On a personal note I’ve got off to a bit of a flyer and scored a couple of hundreds in the 50 overs, and now I’ve taken that form over into the T20.

"We’ve managed to form a good partnership between myself and Dave (Willey) and with the ball we’ve been outstanding. Jack Leaning has been phenomenal in the middle order, and that’s getting us to good totals.

"I felt really good at Scarborough when I got off to a flyer and was able to kick on. The next day at Old Trafford it happened again, and since then I’ve felt in really good rhythm in white ball cricket.

"I looked to take it on in the T20 and got a few starts before the Durham game where I was able to take it on and put in a match-winning performance which I need to do more of."

As for the match against Glamorgan, Lyth admits that they know very little about a team they rarely meet in any competition, although their is an old team-mate they'll be looking out for.

"We’ve not played against them that much and we don’t really play down there so it’s a bit new.," he said.

"Obviously with all the analysts now we have our plans.

"We know Jacques Rudolph very well and how he goes about captaining and playing himself.

"All we can do is do what works for us and hopefully we’ll come out on top."

A place at Finals Day is the prize alongside fellow North Group sides Notts Outlaws and Northants Steelbacks and the winner of tonight's match betwen Gloucestershire and Durham Jets.

Lyth is under no illusions about the enormity of the match as Yorkshire try to get to Finals Day for the first time since 2012, when they were runners-up to Hampshire.

"It’s a huge game and I think we’ve done well in the last six or seven games in the competition. Spirits are high and hopefully we can turn a good Glamorgan side over.

"Over the last few years we’ve not performed as well as we would have liked, but we’ve got ourselves on a roll now with a stable side. The lads are doing very well and if we play like we know we can then I’m sure we’ll turn them over.

"In the first few games in both the T20 and 50-over competition we didn’t look like winning. But now that we’re over the line we feel we can win any game in any situation and that’s great.

"We’ve got to play some good solid cricket down there and I’m sure we’ll do the business," he added.

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