‘We were soft’. Those were the honest thoughts of captain Andrew Gale after Yorkshire were bowled out for their lowest ever score against Sussex at Headingley, 96, on day one of the opening LV= County Championship of the season.
With Gale losing the toss and Sussex inviting the White Rose to bat, the Yorkshire top order found it tough going on the Headingley wicket.
Even though there was something in the pitch for the Sussex seamers early on, the Yorkshire batsmen struggled to make an impact on the game.
“It was a great toss to win,” said Gale, who wore a 150th anniversary commemorative blazer to toss up – an exact replica worn by Lord Hawke over a century ago.
“Conditions suited the seamers, but if I’m being honest we didn’t apply ourselves and we were soft.
“We played some poor shots and made it incredibly difficult for ourselves. At this level we are going to have to find consistency with the bat and make runs even in difficult conditions. That is the strength of the first division.
“Even though it was a low score, I was expecting a lot more. At the end of our innings I was looking for a reaction in the dressing room and to be fair we responded well.”
With Sussex leading by eight runs with seven wickets remaining, Gale is fully aware that the first session of day two will be crucial to the outcome of the match.
“Ryan (Sidebottom) has bowled beautifully tonight to get the three wickets. We have two new players at the crease and it will be vital to make an impact in the first hour of day two. If we can take some quick wickets the match can swing dramatically in our favour. It will take a monumental effort and the bowlers will have to be disciplined.
“There is still a long way to go and we will remain positive.”