Ben Coad was delighted to be handed the Yorkshire captaincy, describing it as “a great honour” after the opening day of their LV= Insurance County Championship clash with Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

The new ball seamer was given the role at late notice when Gary Ballance reported an illness this morning.

“I got a call from Galey when I was at breakfast saying, ‘Be ready to skipper’,” explained Coad. “It’s just a great honour to be a captain of this club. I’m very happy.

“I’ve done it few times this season in the second team and had a full year of it before I came into the firsts. I’ve had a bit of experience, but never at this level.”

Coad, who won the toss and inserted, described a mixed bowling display as the White Rose allowed Notts to close on 292-9, including 3-71 himself.

“I’d say they’re a little bit over par at the minute,” he assessed.

“But we’ve got a great batting line-up, including Matty Revis as the extra batter. If we play like we can, there’s no reason why we can’t match them.

“We didn’t start the best. We’ve been better than this during this last little period in the Championship.

“But there were a lot of plays and misses. Had we taken a couple of catches, it could have been a different story.

“I think we were a little too inconsistent – not full enough – throughout. But we’ll come back tomorrow and get it right.”

On the pitch, Coad said: “When it does it, it does it a lot. When you get a ball to nip, they can miss it by about a foot. When the ball got older, it got harder as a bowling unit.

“But there is always something in it. I just don’t think we bowled as well as we can do.”

And on his captaincy debut, Coad added: “It was challenging having not been in this situation before. You feel like you want to impact the game all the time when that’s not really what you need to do.

“It’s just about relying on the lads that you’ve got. They’re good enough to do the job.

“Most of the lads know what they’re doing anyway, and it’s good to have Lythy, Tom and Bessy to chat to if you need to.

“So it’s just about pointing a few fielders in certain places!”

Related News

View all news

Yorkshire Cricket partners with Destination Sport Travel

Yorkshire Cricket is pleased to announce a new partnership with specialist sports travel group Destination Sport.

Read more
Hollie Armitage

Hollie Armitage and Bess Heath named in England Women squads for New Zealand

The Northern Diamonds' duo have been named in the England Women IT20 and ODI squads for the forthcoming tour to New Zealand.

Read more
Pictured Dr Jane Powell, the President of Yorkshire County Cricket Club at Headingley.

"I’ve had a great time" - Jane Powell reflects on her first year as YCCC president

Yorkshire president Jane Powell has been speaking about her first year in the role for a feature which will be published in the 2024 yearbook……

Read more
An image of Lauren Winfield-Hill and Adil Rashid, with the Yorkshire logo and Northern Diamonds logo in the middle

Sign up to our newsletter

For all the latest news, previews, ticket, membership and Premium Experiences information and more exciting content from Yorkshire Cricket and the Northern Diamonds straight to your inbox, subscribe now.

To view our privacy policy, click here.