- Durham to play Yorkshire in Jason Leonard U20 County Championship final
- Kick off at 5pm
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As successful runs go, Yorkshire’s record in the Jason Leonard U20 County Championship is impressive.
The side have lifted the trophy Yorkshire eight times since the inaugural final in 2000, and last year beat Northumberland 53-20 at Twickenham Stadium.
They appear once again in the Division 1 final against Durham tomorrow, the first time the teams have met in the final.
“I think we have got it right over the years,” says Norman Coates, who was Chairman of Yorkshire U20s for the past decade.
“I think the reason for our success is we are well organised and we have a lot of good people working with this team.”
Based on their previous results in this competition, Yorkshire may well head into the final as favourites however this year they face a Durham side who beat them 15-12 in the early stages of the competition.
It’s a defeat which Coates is hopeful his team can learn from.
“It didn’t quite come together for us as a team that day,” says Coates. “But we hope we can learn the lessons from that match.”
Third time lucky
For Durham, they will be aiming to make it third time lucky in the final having lost in the last minute to Hampshire in last year’s Division II final as well as Surrey a few years earlier.
“Our defence has been the defining factor for us this season,” says Bill Lynch, Chairman of Durham County U20s.
“We have retained 10 players from last year’s final so they have some great experience. The earlier win over Yorkshire means nothing.
“We will approach it as an entirely new match and it will be a fantastic occasion for these players and everyone involved with the squad. “
While Yorkshire will be intending to extend their phenomenal winning run, they will certainly be wary of a Durham side looking to make history at Twickenham.