Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie was proud of his side as he witnessed one of the great Yorkshire victories in modern times as the Vikings emphatically defeated LV= County Champions Warwickshire inside three days at Edgbaston.
Yorkshire’s third victory of the season has seen them move into pole position in the County Championship and with a strong squad being developed at Headingley, Gillespie believes that his side can carry on the positive momentum in the long-form of the game.
“It’s a fantastic win,” he said as he spoke to the media after Yorkshire’s crushing innings victory over the Bears.
“I thought over the three days our skills were top notch and our bowling was sensational. Our plan was to bowl quite full and make the batsman come forward as much as possible and I think we did that very well. If you look at the wickets that have fallen there were a lot of bowled, lbws and nicking off so we’re really pleased that plan came off.
“They are obviously a very good side so to come away with a victory like that is very pleasing. I thought the way our batsman handled some very good bowling was really good. To score 407 was a credit to all the lads. Rashid got his hundred beautifully but I thought the partnerships were crucial. We had three partnerships of 70 or above and that’s really important when you’re trying to post a big total.”
The White Rose were at their very best in Warwickshire’s second innings eventually skittling the Champions for 140 in 40.2 overs and winning by an innings and 139 runs – the Bears biggest defeat for nearly three years.
“It just came down to our bowling,” added Gillespie as he explained the quality of Yorkshire’s formidable bowling attack.
“To get two good players in Chopra and Porterfield out inside the first two overs really gave us a lot of momentum.
“It’s a great victory, there’s no doubt about that. We had a simple game plan and went out and batted and bowled to the plan.
“The first game of the season against Sussex we didn’t perform well at all and we deserve to be beaten. But the way the lads have bounced back has shown the faith we have in our players. We have absolute belief in them, and we’ve been saying it all along. They are showing how good they are.”
The question now is whether Yorkshire are now regarded as title contenders, but the Yorkshire coach was quick to stress that it is premature to start talking about silverware.
“It’s far too early to be talking about winning Championships,” said Gillespie.
“We won’t look too far ahead and we are really looking to focus on the next game. You have to do that because if you start looking too far ahead you take your eye off what’s in front of you. We’re really happy with the cricket we’re playing.”