TOM KOHLER-CADMORE is a dangerous customer at the best of times, but even more so with a point to prove.
The Yorkshire batsman missed the recent T20 Roses match against Lancashire at Old Trafford due to the availability of England’s Joe Root.
He admits that it gave him added motivation on his return to the side since when he has scored two half-centuries to help the club towards their target of reaching the quarter-finals.
Kohler-Cadmore top-scored with 73 in Yorkshire’s 31-run Duckworth-Lewis victory against Birmingham Bears at Emerald Headingley last Friday.
And he made 53 in their 60-run triumph over Leicestershire at the same ground on Tuesday, form that he hopes to take into tonight’s home fixture against Northants.
“I was frustrated to miss out (at Lancashire),” he said. “I wanted to prove a point. I know what I can do.
“You can whinge or moan if you get left out, but you’ve got to get on with it and perform.
“I used it as a bit more motivation to prove a point.
“Hopefully, if I can keep putting the performances in, I won’t miss out again and hopefully I’ll be able to push that form into red-ball cricket when the time comes.
“For me it’s about making a difference when I get in and trying to help win games for the side.”
Kohler-Cadmore, 23, is certainly a man who can make a difference.
Tall and powerful, with terrific hand-eye coordination and striking ability, the right-hander is one of the most destructive young players in the English game.
He has formed a dynamic opening partnership with Adam Lyth, who is equally devastating in the T20 format.
Last year Lyth scored an English record 161 in the corresponding match against tonight’s opponents as Yorkshire totalled an English record 260-4, Lyth sharing an opening stand on that occasion of 127 with Kohler-Cadmore in 9.4 overs.
“We seem to work quite well together,” said Kohler-Cadmore.
“The left-hand/right-hand combination is always nice because they might be bowling straight to me or wider to me, and then straight on to Lythy’s legs, or vice-versa.
“Lythy gets going very quickly in most games and that allows me a bit more time to settle and have a look.
“If they bowl me a bad ball I’m still going to try and whack it, but I know I don’t need to go from ball one because of how well he hits it.”
Kohler-Cadmore added: “We both, I think, have a good understanding of each other.
“If he’s having a game where he’s flying I’ll happily give him the one, and he’s the same as me.
“We both don’t kind of go recklessly until there’s a point where we’re both seeing it really well and are trying to hit every ball for six.
“Not every night is your night and if you can build a partnership with someone that’s really important.”
Commenting on the firepower of Yorkshire’s batting as a whole, Kohler-Cadmore said: “Last year we got the 260 (against Northants). It would be nice to do something like that again.
“I just think we’ve got a lot of confidence in there and a lot of bases covered.
“The way we’re set up is to have that licence up top and then we’ve got the bowling attack to back it up.”
Yorkshire have won five and lost four of their nine group games to date. They probably need a minimum of three wins from their last five matches to reach the quarter-finals, with their remaining fixtures against Nottinghamshire and Northants (home and away) and Lancashire at home.