Matthew Revis says pitch conditions are in Yorkshire’s favour as they get set for another final day victory push, this time against Warwickshire at Headingley tomorrow.
Yorkshire have drawn four of five completed matches so far this LV= Insurance County Championship season, winning the other against Gloucestershire at Bristol.
Added to Gloucester, they went into final days against Northamptonshire and Essex away and Kent at home with victory chances which ended up eluding them.
The Northants and Kent games provided the most realistic chances of wins, but pitch conditions were unhelpful – flat and benign.
Here, against the champions, however, things are different.
Warwickshire closed day three on 57-3 in their second innings, 148 runs in arrears. Each of the three wickets to fall were all off miscues, pointing to some uneven bounce and a two-paced nature of the surface.
Revis, one of Yorkshire’s stars on day three, agreed: “I think there’s a lot more in this pitch. That was shown tonight with Tommo and Patto getting it to kick. They bowled really well.
“There’s probably a bit more spin in the pitch for Bessy. Hopefully we can use that to our advantage.
“All the bowlers tonight put them under a lot of pressure, and that’s really key to where we want to go tomorrow.
“We’ve put ourselves in a really strong position. Hopefully we can get out there and take some early wickets.”
All-rounder Revis played the innings of the day in helping Yorkshire, who were replying to a first-innings 244, advance their reply from 269-4 overnight to 449 all out midway through the afternoon.
He hit a career best 53 not out from number nine and shared 57 for the 10th wicket with Steve Patterson.
“I really enjoyed it out there. A lot of credit has to go to the way Lythy and Dukey played at the start the of the day. Both of them set a good platform for the lower order,” continued the 20-year-old.
“He (Steve Patterson) just came out and told me to be positive. And that’s when I play at my best, when I’m looking to score.
“I would like to bat higher up in the future, hopefully. But the job I’m doing now, I’m really enjoying it.
“At the moment, I’m just in the squad for my bowling. But I want to be that genuine all-rounder.”