Jason Gillespie, Yorkshire’s first team coach, admitted their batting had let them down and denied them the opportunity to take charge of their drawn championship match against Nottinghamshire at Headingley.
“I think we allowed Notts to get back into the game when we batted,” he said. “We could have pushed over 300 but a little bit of sloppy cricket probably cost us a few runs and didn’t allow us to drive the game forward as much as we wanted. It’s something for us to think about going into our next encounter.”
Gillespie insisted that, set an unlikely victory target of 294 off 39 overs, Yorkshire were confident of batting out a draw despite losing three wickets inside the first 18 overs of their reply.
“We had 31 overs and we backed ourselves to survive that,” he added. “It was a target that was out of our reach and an unrealistic target to set. They weren’t setting us a target to chase, that was pretty obvious by the way they batted, leaving us only 39 overs.
“They were purely thinking they could do something special and knock us over inside 40 overs and that was their plan and it didn’t work for them.”