In this edition of ‘Yorkshire Informer’ we look ahead to the LV= County Championship match when Yorkshire entertain Derbyshire at Headingley, commencing on Monday April 29.
Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale looks back on a fantastic victory against Durham, where Yorkshire score 336, the fourth highest fourth innings victory total in Club history, to record Yorkshire’s first victory of the season.
We also bring you all the team news and a full statspack.
What an outstanding victory over Durham – has to be one of the greatest fight backs in the history of the Club?
“When you come to the Riverside and knock those sorts of totals off, it can only give you confidence going forward.
“Sometimes you can win games in three days and not be tested, but when you’re tested like we were, you come away thinking ‘we’ve had to play well to win that game’. That will give us a lot of confidence going forward.
“It’s always nice to get a win under your belt early on in the season, and it doesn’t get much better than that. We’d probably been outplayed for most of the time, but put a good performance in during the last day.
“We needed someone to stand up, and Joe (Root) did that. He showed what a fantastic player he is. To knock 336 off, it was a fantastic effort.
“We know that the Riverside is a tough pitch for two days and flattens out as the game goes on. But it was still a tough pitch. It was a sporting declaration by them, but we were always going to have to play well to win. It was an uphill task from losing two wickets early on.
“We said at lunch ‘one guy stands up and bat through and we’d have a chance’. That’s what Rooty did.
“In our dressing room we have a little sheet where we tick off partnerships as we go along. We had one or two hundreds partnership and a couple of 75s as well. Although Rooty was the star, everybody else chipped in.”
What can you expect from Derbyshire?
“Derbyshire are a good side.
“They showed that last year when they went up as champions. It’s different in the first division, but they’ve still got similar players if not better ones.
“We’ll have to play well next week and continue the form we’re in.”
Yorkshire have made one change from the squad that defeated Durham on Saturday. Seamer Ryan Sidebottom has been rested. All-rounder Richard Pyrah has been drafted into the squad.
On resting Sidebottom, first team coach Jason Gillespie said:
“We see it as a great opportunity to give Ryan (Sidebottom) a break taking into account how much cricket we have coming up in the next couple of months. We need to manage our assets as best we can.”
The starting XI will be named before the toss on Monday.