Yorkshire’s position in the LV= County Championship race may have changed from first to second with Durham’s three-day win over Sussex last week, which has given them a 14.5 point lead with three matches left.
But that, coupled with the White Rose’s latest defeat against Durham at Scarborough last weekend, has not dented the confidence that this can still be Yorkshire’s year.
Andrew Gale’s side head into their last three matches with things out of their own hands, although they are a good side for a reason or two.
Those being that they have only lost two Championship matches in their last 31 and the fact that they have won six out of 13 matches this term – no mean feat.
And director of professional cricket Martyn Moxon said: “Ultimately, we’ve shown what we’re capable of. We’ve shown we can win four days matches. That’s what we’ve got to try and do, do the basics better than we did at Scarborough.
“We didn’t play as well as we’re capable of. Our bowling on a good pitch was not to its usual standard. From a batting point of view, there were only a couple of lads who contributed significantly when we batted.
“We were below par, and we have to hold our hands up and say ‘we were outplayed’. You’ve also got to give Durham credit.
“That’s the first time since the first game of the season that’s been the case, so it’s certainly not a time to panic.
“We’ve been saying all along ‘nothing’s been won yet, and we’ve got hard games to come’. We knew that. Nothing’s changed. We’ve got three tough games coming, as has every other team. Durham have got Sussex to play again, Notts at home, Derby away. No side has got an easy run-in.”
After Yorkshire’s trip to Hove to play Sussex on Wednesday, they have Middlesex to play at Headingley and Surrey at the Oval to round off the campaign in the last week of September.