Yorkshire are hopeful they will reap the benefits of some well-earned days off to give them the impetus to press on in two competitions for the remainder of the season.
Tuesday’s comprehensive six wickets victory over Northamptonshire Steelbacks at Wantage Road was the perfect response after a disappointing Headingley defeat to Gloucestershire the previous week that threatened their Royal London Cup ambitions.
But the squad were given a few days off in the immediate aftermath of that defeat to recharge their batteries ahead of five matches in nine days, starting with their trip to Northampton followed by a Headingley encounter against Worcestershire on Thursday, a trip to Leicester the following day and two matches at Scarborough against Essex Eagles next Monday and Derbyshire Falcons and Wednesday.
“The lads were pretty disappointed last Tuesday, we just weren’t at the races for whatever reason,” admitted captain Andrew Gale. “It’s got to that stage of the season where physically and mentally we needed some time away and the lads had four full days off from each other, recharged the batteries and came in over the weekend bouncing around and wanting to hit the ground running again, that’s what we’re going to need in the run-in to the season.
“It showed in the Twenty20, at the start of it when we played quite a few games in quick succession and we got on a real run and then we had a bit of a break from it and you’re almost starting again.
“If we’d lost a game like the other night on a start of a week like this, it can rub off on the rest of the week so it was important for us to get a win and hopefully, if we can turn up on Thursday and Friday, we can get the job done there as well.”
Having claimed two wins from their three matches so far in Group A, Yorkshire are on course to claim a place in the quarter-finals, although their experience of trying to qualify for the next stage of the NatWest T20 Blast, when they narrowly failed to emerge from the group stages, has taught the to try and win as many as possible.
“Four wins might get us there or thereabouts, but we’ve got two games at Scarborough and we’ve got a good record there so I’d back us to win those as well,” said Gale. “We just want to keep winning as many games as we can. If we have the right attitude when we turn up we’ll do that.”
Although Yorkshire have no immediate injury worries, they are considering rotating their squad over the next week as they cope with the demands of the one-day cup and a return to championship action against Sussex at Scarborough starting on August 15.
“There will be a bit of a juggling act over the next week or so with the seam bowlers and we can’t expect them all to play every game and then we want to hit the championship hard so Matthew Fisher will probably get his opportunity at some stage,” added Gale.