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Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Yorkshire's Tom Kohler-Cadmore could give Essex both barrels in Chelmsford clash

Taylor could be key man for Nottinghamshire

Yorkshire's Tom Kohler-Cadmore is in excellent nick
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Essex v Yorkshire
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Essex are favourites to beat Yorkshire in their One-Day Cup playoff clash although the Eagles, like France in the 1998 World Cup final, will have to do it without their suspended captain.

Ryan ten Doeschate is Chelmsford's version of Laurent Blanc after his latest breach of the ECB's disciplinary code triggered an automatic two-game ban.

The club legend would miss Monday's semi-final away to Hampshire, should Essex qualify, but opponents Yorkshire are also severely depleted.

India's Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored a century and three fifties in seven North Group innings, has returned home for the Test match against Afghanistan while five Yorkshire players are away with England's ODI squad.

That contingent includes ace spinner Adil Rashid and David Willey, who scored 202 runs and took 11 wickets in just three One-Day Cup appearances this season.

Those absentees pile pressure on opener Tom Kohler-Cadmore to play a matchwinning role for the visitors at Chelmsford.

The former Worcestershire batsman smashed 164 against Durham in his first outing for the first team this summer, following up with scores of 39, 89, 74 and 81.

Kohler-Cadmore fell cheaply in the wins over Lancashire and Northamptonshire but Chelmsford's true pitches and short boundaries should suit his uncomplicated approach and he looks a big price to top-score.

The winners of Nottinghamshire versus Kent (11am start) will head to Worcestershire in the last four and, with Alex Hales away on England duty, New Zealand's Ross Taylor could be the key man for Notts.

The Kiwi scored 113 and 181 not out in the one-day series against England earlier this year and made 74 out of a first-innings total of 134 in last week's County Championship defeat at Somerset.

T Kohler-Cadmore top Yorkshire runscorer
1pt 100-30 Paddy Power
R Taylor top Nottinghamshire runscorer
1pt 4-1 general

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The former Worcestershire batsman smashed 164 against Durham in his first outing for the first team this summer, following up with 39, 89, 74 and 81
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