Williamson and Finch to link up in T20

Yorkshire's Kane Williamson.
Yorkshire's Kane Williamson.
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YORKSHIRE are set to field both of their overseas stars for the first time tonight in the NatWest T20 Blast match against Durham at Chester-le-Street.

Kane Williamson and Aaron Finch are due to line up at the Riverside as Yorkshire seek a win that would strengthen their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.

Finch, who was signed specifically for T20, has played in six of Yorkshire’s eight completed games in the competition, scoring 144 runs at an average of 24.00.

The Australian near single-handed won the match against Lancashire at Old Trafford last month with 88 from 55 balls with eight fours and five sixes.

Williamson, who has spent the last six weeks with New Zealand on their tour of the West Indies, is set to play his first game for Yorkshire since the Championship Roses match at the end of May.

Williamson has only appeared in one of the club’s T20 games, scoring 17 in the opening-night defeat at home to Northamptonshire.

Tonight’s fixture, which starts at 5.30pm, gives Yorkshire the chance to avenge a dispiriting defeat to Durham in their last T20 outing at Headingley last week.

Yorkshire were dismissed for 95 – their second-lowest T20 total – in reply to the visitors’ 123-9.

Yorkshire were denied the opportunity to get that result out of their system when their last scheduled T20 match against Worcestershire at New Road last Friday was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to heavy rain.

Yorkshire go into tonight’s contest fourth in the North Group after four wins, three draws and three no-results.

After this game, they have three more left in the 14-match group stage.

Yorkshire squad (from): Bairstow, Bresnan, Finch, Gale (captain), Hodd, Leaning, Lees, Lyth, Patterson, Pyrah, Rafiq, Rashid, Robinson, Sidebottom, Williamson.