Gary Ballance got off to a perfect start on his first outing for Yorkshire in 2013.
With the White Rose struggling on 10 for 4 and 65-7 during the early part of the first day against Leeds/Bradford MCCU, Ballance showed his class with a hard fought 112 to steady the Vikings ship on an eventful day at Headingley. He shared a 156 eighth wicket partnership with Ryan Sidebottom (40) to take Yorkshire to a first innings total of 244.
On his own performance, Ballance said: “It’s always good to get a few runs before the Championship season starts. I’m delighted and glad to spend a bit of time out there in the middle. I hit the ball well. I can take some confidence out of that.
I had a couple of lives, but you’ve got to take your chances. That happens, so I’m just glad it was my day.
“I had one that came off my thigh pad early on and actually hit the stumps. It just touched the stumps, so I would have been disappointed had the bails fallen off.”
Ballance came in at 10-4 with Yorkshire under the cosh, and added: “To be fair, they bowled well. It was probably a good toss to win because it was doing a bit and the pitch was seaming around. We got a few good balls, but there’s still a lot of positives to take out of today. We fought back well and we got a decent score in the end.”
With the LV= Championship season ready to get underway next week against Sussex at Headingley on Wednesday and a call-up to England provisional squad for the ICC Champions Trophy, the young attacking batsman has a lot to look forward to especially with England on the horizon.
“It’s great to be considered,” added Ballance. “Hopefully I can continue my good start to the season and you never know what can happen.”