Middlesex v Yorkshire LV= County Championship Division One, Sunday April 27-30 2014, Lord’s
In this edition of ‘Yorkshire Informer’ we look ahead to the LV= County Championship match when Yorkshire travel to Lord’s to face Middlesex. We hear from quick bowler Liam Plunkett.
We also bring you all the team news and a full statspack.
How would you assess the team’s performance in the victory over Northamptonshire?
“It was a great win for us. It is always difficult conditions at Headingley during the early part of the season. To get runs on the board in our first innings was massive for us. It gave us a strong platform to rip through the heart of Northants batting.
“Credit to the batsmen, in particular Gary Ballance with his century and Alex Lees, who is improving every match. They put us in a strong position where Northants never recovered.
“On the bowling front, we have number of options and it is very satisfying that Andrew Gale can throw the ball to any bowler to make things happen.”
It’s going to get tough over the next few weeks with Middlesex at Lord’s on Sunday and champions Durham at Chester-Le-Street in back-to-back matches – how do you prepare for two tough games on the road?
“Every game in the top flight is tough. You have to prepare intensively or you’ll come a cropper. We are relishing the trip to Lord’s. Every cricketer wants to play at the home of cricket and it is always nice to win there. We won emphatically at Lord’s last season and we will prepare again to put in a consistent performance.
“As a group we are learning about each other all the time and the experience we have is helping us overcome the agony of missing out on the Championship last year.”
How pleased are you with your own performances so far this season?
“I’m bowling nicely at the moment and feeling good. I’m trying to work on my pace and develop this ‘enforcer’ role within the team.
“I enjoy been giving that responsibility by Dizzy (Jason Gillespie, First team Coach). He keeps things simple and asks me to run in and just bowl fast.
“My aim is to be aggressive in every spell I bowl and put pressure on the opposition. It’s all about putting doubt in the batters mind and make them work every ball for their runs.
“When you bowl in partnerships with Siddy (Ryan Sidebottom), Patto (Steve Patterson) and Brooksy (Jack Brooks) it lifts you knowing that you have that unbelievable support from your fellow seamers. It is a special environment to play in at present.”
Many in the game, including Jason Gillespie, believe you are the fastest bowler currently on the circuit. Do you relish having that tag?
“I just feel in good rhythm. I don’t look into that. All I want to do is play positive cricket. My job is to run in and bowl quick and keep fit and strong. I’m happy with the role and if that benefits the team that’s what it’s all about.”
With some strong performances for Yorkshire, are you looking further ahead about a possible recall for England?
“I try not to think too much about England. My objective is performing for Yorkshire. If I can do that consistently, the rest will look after itself.”
Yorkshire have named a 13-man squad for the visit to the Home of Cricket.
England batsman Joe Root (pictured) is named in the squad after a successful return from his broken thumb in this week’s second team game against Lancashire at Northorp Hall. The Sheffield-born right-hander scored 61 in Yorkshire’s second innings and will be looking forward to a competitive game in the LV= County Championship.
The only other change sees Richard Pyrah replacing Moin Ashraf.
The starting XI will be named before the toss on Sunday.
Yorkshire 13-man squad to face Middlesex:
Gary Ballance, Jack Brooks, Andrew Gale (capt), Andrew Hodd (wk), Alex Lees, Adam Lyth, Steve Patterson, Richard Pyrah, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ryan Sidebottom, Kane Williamson.
Steve Patterson (pictured) requires 2 wickets for a First-Class total of 200.
Richard Pyrah requires 1 wicket for a First-Class total of 50.
Joe Root requires 149 runs for a First-Class total of 4,000.
Ryan Sidebottom is 1 match away from 100 First-Class Matches for Yorkshire.
Middlesex v Yorkshire all-time County Championship record:
Played 189, Yorkshire won 63, lost 43, drew 82, tied 1, abandoned 1.
Highest innings totals :
Middlesex 527 Huddersfield 1887
At Lord’s 488 1899
Yorkshire 575-7dec Bradford 1899
At Lord’s 538-6dec 1925
Lowest innings totals :
Middlesex 45 Huddersfield 1879
At Lord’s 49 1890
Yorkshire 43 Lord’s 1888
Highest individual innings:
Middlesex 243* AJ Webbe Huddersfield 1887
At Lord’s 213 EH Hendren 1926
Yorkshire 315* P Holmes Lord’s 1925
NOTE: At the time of Holmes’s innings it was the highest-ever scored at Lord’s.
Best bowling in an innings:
Middlesex 9-57 FA Tarrant Headingley 1906
At Lord’s 8-31 JA Young 1946