Yorkshire 1st Innings: A Lyth c †Buttler b Trego, JJ Sayers c †Buttler b Trego 1, PA Jaques c Trescothick b Kirby 49, AW Gale* c †Buttler b Thomas 17, GS Ballance not out 5, AU Rashid not out 4. Extras (lb 1, nb 7) 8. Total (4 wickets; 29.3 overs) 84.
Yorkshire headed into today’s LV= County Championship match against Somerset at Headingley feeling on top of the world in terms of their four-day cricket, believing they can beat anyone from any situation.
After an opening round innings defeat against Sussex, they bounced back to beat Durham and Derbyshire in the space of nine days when a win for them was not expected at various stages of either contest.
They chased down 336 during the final day and a bit up in the North East before bouncing back spectacularly from conceding 475 in the first innings of last week’s clash at Headingley.
The double success has left them in the fourth place in Division One with 43 points, just six and a half behind leaders Durham having played one fixture fewer.
Star of the final day against Derbyshire was new recruit Jack Brooks, the 28-year-old pace bowler who returned to the side with 5-40 having been rested for the Durham clash.
Ex-Northamptonshire player Brooks has now taken 10 wickets in two Championship matches for the White Rose county.
Yorkshire will be without England Lions duo Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root, who will face the touring New Zealanders in a four-day clash at Leicester from Thursday onwards.
And ahead of the fixture against Somerset, who are yet to taste victory in three outings, the 28-year-old Brooks said: “Momentum is a funny thing in sport. You can turn teams over just through self-belief and keeping fighting when the times are tough.
“We’re not going to fear Somerset. They are coming to our ground, and they will have seen our last two results. They will know we are missing Jonny and Joe, but that’s not going to play on our minds at all.”
Brooks gave an insight into the belief in the White Rose dressing room when asked whether he thought a win against Derby was still possible after conceding 475 in the first innings.
“There was talk in the changing room, whether it was tongue in cheek or not I don’t know, about getting 600 plus and bowling them out. But you just have to look at our batting line-up. When it fires, we can be a very dangerous side,” said the player otherwise known as the Headband Warrior.
Jason Gillespie has confirmed that Andrew Hodd will take over the gloves from Bairstow, while it looks likely Joe Sayers will deputise for Root, who has scored 182 and 236 in his last two Championship innings.
“It gives an opportunity for someone else, doesn’t it. We have some good players who aren’t even making the squad. We are obviously going to miss two players of that class, but the team has momentum,” he said.
The Derby performance is certainly Brooks’s best in a Yorkshire shirt. But he did little to dampen talk of it being one of his best ever showings for either Northants or the England Lions as well.
He added: “(I’ve not bowled better) with reverse swing, which was what got the wickets. We looked after the ball really well, and I don’t think I’ve bowled a better spell of reverse swing, certainly. I’ve bowled some reasonable spells before and taken a couple of five-fors, but that’s right up there in terms of what it’s meant. It’s Division One, and it was in front of a large Yorkshire faithful as well.”
Marcus Trescothick’s Somerset have had a mixed start to the season. They have played some excellent cricket, particularly overseas South African opener Alviro Petersen, who has scored two centuries in his first two Championship matches.
The Cidermen bossed their last fixture against county champions Warwickshire at Taunton, but their push for victory was held up on the last day by a number of Bears’ batsmen, including former Tyke Oliver Hannon-Dalby.
Meanwhile, Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie has revealed the reasons behind handing Academy all-rounder Will Rhodes a debut in Sunday’s 40-over defeat against Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay. Rhodes took a wicket with his right-arm medium pace before scoring a breezy 18 as a left-handed batsman.
“He’s got in the side on merit, he’s a good young player,” added the Australian. “It’s exciting for the club producing players. This young lad, he’s a great young kid. He works hard on his game. We just felt it would be a great time to give him an opportunity.
“We knew he would fit in well and play well, and it’s certainly a good start to his List A career.”