Rashid takes the Tykes to the top— 22 July 2014
Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie was delighted to get a much needed win for his side, which sees Yorkshire return to the top of the LV= County Championship.
In the final session on the last day, the match was wrapped up as Yorkshire dismissed Middlesex for 201 to win the game by 220 runs.
“At tea-time I was confident because I thought we had bowled really well in the afternoon session,” said Gillespie.
Meanwhile, Middlesex captain Chris Rogers believes Yorkshire will go on and win the title. He believes they have the best attack in the country and are a well drilled side.
“Yorkshire are a very good side and I told the guys that when you come against sides like that you need to stand up but we were outclassed in the end,” he said
“I tipped Yorkshire early on to win the title and I haven’t changed my mind. They have a bowling attack as good as any in the country and their batters are in good form so that is a good combination.”
“It’s nice to be at the top, but there’s a long way to go. We have a little bit of a break now from the Championship to focus on the short form, but it’s a nice position to be in.
“We asked ourselves the question ‘how are we going to create enough opportunities to take ten wickets?’ We felt that the lessons we learned from the first innings, we could have been a bit fuller. We straightened up our lines and made them hit straight, and I think we got our rewards.
“Steve Patterson was brilliant bowling up the hill and to get Rogers and Stirling off consecutive balls was fantastic.
“I also thought Rashid bowled beautifully and his pace was the key on that surface. I was a very good win and it is nice to be at the top but there is still a long way to go.”
“We knew Rash would could into play later in the game, and the pace he bowled was key. He threw it above the batsman’s eye line and got it to spin off the surface. There was enough in the surface, a bit of rough and uneven bounce. If he had bowled it too quick, it might not have jumped off the surface. If he had bowled it too slow, the batsmen could have nullified that. That’s what I mean by getting the pace just right.”