Matthew Revis led a superb Yorkshire team performance during the second day of their LV= Insurance County Championship clash with Northamptonshire, and now the rapidly improving all-rounder is eyeing his maiden victory as a first-class cricketer.
Revis, 20, claimed three wickets with his seamers and took a superb diving catch on day two at Wantage Road as Yorkshire, defending a first-innings 296, bowled Northants out for 204 before swelling a lead of 92 to 177 at close with nine wickets still in hand.
Dom Bess also added two wickets, Jordan Thompson finished with four and Steve Patterson was at his metronomic best to concede only 14 runs in 15 overs.
Late in the day, Adam Lyth finished the day on 41 not out added to 36 for Dimuth Karunaratne, the only visiting wicket to fall.
“I really enjoyed my day out there, the last two days actually,” said Revis, who counted New Zealand Test opener Will Young as his first victim before lunch.
“The lads have been very good so far. We’ve got a really big lead which we can hopefully build on tomorrow.
“We’ve got plenty of lads in the tent, and we’re in a good position.”
This is Revis’s third appearance in the Championship.
His first was at the end of 2019 when, aged 17, he opened the batting in the defeat against Kent at Headingley.
In this game, he batted at nine in the first innings.
“I was actually nightwatchman ready to go in (tonight), he smiled. “But hopefully the lads can get stuck in now.
“Lythy and DK played really well and grinded them down when they probably weren’t up to their best. After them being bowled out, we were able to capitalise on that.”
Asked what kind of lead Yorkshire were considering should they be in a position to declare, he said: “I don’t think we can look too far ahead.
“Sometimes when you do that, two or three quick wickets and they’re back in the game.
“If we go out there and dominate the first session, we can have a look at lunch.”
On his capture of Young, who had his off-stump uprooted, Revis added: “I tried to swing it away, but it just did enough.
“We kept our disciplines throughout the whole day, especially people like Bessy who bowled for the whole second session. Everyone chipped in.
“When I was in my spell taking the first two wickets, Patto was really good at the other end.
“I think he bowled eight overs for about seven runs. That sometimes goes unnoticed, but it was a big highlight of the day.
“After the first innings, we maybe thought we were 50 or 100 light. But the way we bowled showed we can take 10 wickets. And that will hopefully play into our hands in the fourth innings.”
Revis, who also played against Notts at Trent Bridge late last season, is developing quickly, especially his bowling.
He added: “I’ve only really paid attention to my bowling over the past two winters.
“There hasn’t actually been too much technical stuff to it – running in a bit harder, lengthening my run-up out and being more balanced at the crease. Apart from that, it’s just been improving discipline really.”