County news July 13, 2015

Finch injury extends bleak T20 run

ESPNcricinfo staff

Flashback to the injury that ended Finch's involvement in IPL © BCCI

Aaron Finch 's disastrous Twenty20 campaign for Yorkshire looks likely to end prematurely because of a foot injury.

The news continues a bleak sequence for Finch in T20 cricket. He played only three matches without success for Mumbai Indians in IPL - his fifth IPL franchise - before his tournament ended early because of a damaged hamstring.

He was also taken to hospital after been hit on the chest while desperately searching for form in Yorkshire's 2nd XI, struck while attempting to pull Worcestershire 2nd XI seamer Chris Russell.

Finch has made only 76 in six innings for Yorkshire and sat out their defeat on Sunday against the bottom club, Derbyshire, which saw their hopes of a stealing quarter-final place hanging by a thread.

The Australian batsman has a suspected stress reaction in his right foot and did not play the four-wicket defeat to Derbyshire at Chesterfield, which left Yorkshire needing to win their last three games to stand even a faint chance of reaching the knockout stages.

Finch sustained the injury during Friday's match against Durham at Headingley, and Yorkshire's director of cricket Martyn Moxon admitted he may not play again for the club this year.

"In a worst-case scenario, it could be the end of the season for him," said Moxon. "It's not looking great; he's had a scan and, from an initial reading of that scan, it looks as though there's some kind of a stress reaction.

"We're going to get another reading on it and, hopefully, a conclusive diagnosis, but it looks as though Finchy could be out for a while. He set off to run for a ball in the field on Friday, and he felt a little crack in his foot; he must have had his weight at the wrong angle, or something."

Moxon confirmed that Glenn Maxwell, the club's other overseas player, would cover for Finch if he is unable to return from this latest setback, which follows a recent hamstring injury.

Finch has also played only two Championship matches for Yorkshire, who are top odf the table with strong hopes of retaining their title.

The contribution from their second Australian star, Glenn Maxwell, has also been disappointing: remove an unbeaten 92 against Nottinghamshire and he has made only 120 runs in nine knocks and, like Finch, has only played twice in the Championship.