The veteran Ryan Sidebottom continues to defy his years with another superb bowling performance for Yorkshire against Middlesex at Lord’s on Day Two of the LV= County Championship match.
“I was really pleased to contribute and it was an important morning. I play to help the team and it’s always nice to get a couple of early ones.
“We’ve had to battle really hard and the first hour in the morning is going to be crucial. There’s a lot of competition for places and credit should go to Andrew Gale for being prepared to drop himself for this game
“Joe’s is good at shining the ball, I’ll give him that,” joked Sidebottom, “but he’s done really well for such a young man. He’s very mature, very laid back and we’ve a few senior guys who’ve helped him along. It’s been great.
“I’m sure he has the qualities to be a captain in the making. He also battled really for us with the bat and played really well.
“He was trying to persuade me to have me one more over but I was knackered by then,” he laughed. “But when it’s coming out well you want to keep bowling and take some more wickets.”
He claimed three wickets in a ten-over spell from the Pavilion End as Yorkshire dominated the day dismissing Middlesex for 123 all out. By close, Yorkshire had a lead of 268 runs and will be looking to continue their ruthless streak on Day Three.
“We’ve bowled really well as a quartet since the start of the season,” said Sidebottom, who ended with figures of four wickets for 34 runs.“We complement each other and we needed to get early wickets this morning to put them under pressure.
“We got on a roll and that was good to see. Liam Plunkett’s bowling really fast and I’m sure that England should take note of him. He’s bowling really quickly and I wouldn’t want to bat against him. He’s getting wickets for the guys at the other end.