Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale was delighted with his sides performance as they convincingly defeated Leeds MCCU on day three of the opening game of the 2013 season at Headingley.
After superb knocks from Adam Lyth 111 and a maiden first-class century from 19-year-old Alex Lees (121) gave the White Rose an unassailable lead, the Yorkshire pace attack showed why they are amongst the best in country bowling out the students for 121 with Liam Plunkett leading the way with career best figures of 6-33 from11.5 overs and Yorkshire winning by 294 runs.
“I thought we dominated the match apart from the first session,” said Gale, who now has a selection headache on who to name in the side ahead of the LV= County Championship opening match of the season against Sussex at Headingley on Wednesday.
“I thought we were excellent. Gary Ballance showed why he’s on England’s radar, and the bowling throughout was exceptional. We’ve got so much variation now. We have all bases covered.
“The way the two lads batted second innings was a good warm-up for the season.
“We know all about Liam (Plunkett), he’s a big confidence bowler. We are just encouraging him to bowl as fast as he can. That’s when he’s at his best. He’s a natural wicket-taker and a match-winner.
“Alex (Lees) has put his name in the hat. We haven’t finalised the team yet, but he couldn’t have done anymore. He also got a hundred in Barbados.
“Ever since we got back from Barbados, we’ve been looking forward to getting outside. I think we’re ready now. I’m sure you could tell that from the way the lads went about their business.”
Yorkshire get their LV= County Championship season underway on Wednesday against Sussex at Headingley. The match starts at 11am. Prices start from £10 concessions (non-members) and £15 adults (non-members).