YORKSHIRE’S Clydesdale Bank Pro40 qualification hopes are precariously hanging by a thread, with skipper Andrew Gale admitting only a win will do at Group A basement boys Worcestershire Royals on Sunday.
Despite eight games remaining in qualification, the White Rose county’s margin for error is nil after last Sunday’s hugely disappointing two-wicket loss to Kent Spitfires at Headingley Carnegie, just seven days after blitzing them by 93 runs on their own patch at Canterbury.
It leaves Yorkshire virtually in the last-chance saloon at second from bottom in the table with just a solitary win from four group games, with only the three group winners of the respective qualification groups and best-placed runner-up going through to the knock-out stages.
Gale, whose side reached the last-four of the competition last term and were one game away from a Lord’s date – bowing out to Warwickshire Bears at Scarborough – said: “I think we will have to win every game from now on in. But it’s still possible and there’s no-one in the group that frightens me.
“But to do that, we need to perform better and consistently. We can’t be outstanding in one game and then poor in another and I’ve mentioned that to the lads.
“We need to win the Worcester game for the league and also for ourselves to keep on track as losing becomes a habit, just like winning. We need to turn up on Sunday and really give it our all.”
Tomorrow’s match at New Road starts at 1.45pm.