Mathew Pillans has plenty of horsepower and can’t wait to show it in a Yorkshire shirt.
The South African-born fast bowler has signed a three-year contract to join from Surrey ahead of next season, although is currently on loan at Emerald Headingley for the remainder of 2018.
Pillans, 27, arrived at Yorkshire last week and undertook 12th man duties during the home Specsavers County Championship defeat against Somerset.
He is in contention to debut against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, starting tomorrow (TUESDAY) at 10.30am, Yorkshire’s eleventh of 14 matches.
Pillans, a 90mph bowler, is grateful for the chance to get a head start during this loan move as he bids to settle into Yorkshire life.
He will then return home to South Africa to marry his fiancee Cara, who currently works with race horses on a stud farm in Surrey.
“It’s good to be here on loan,” he said.
“I can get to know all the blokes before we start pre-season in November and get my footing in the changing room. The lads have been great with me since day one.
“They showed a lot of fight last week, which was encouraging, and I’m looking forward to getting out there with them. When my debut comes, I’ll be ready.
“I played a T20 game at Notts when I was on loan with Leicester last year, and I really enjoyed the pitch we played on at Trent Bridge.
“From that one experience, I’m excited.
“If that doesn’t come around, I’ve been practising here at Headingley. And that’s derby day against Lancashire next week.
“But I’d like it to happen this week. The earlier, the better.”
Pillans’ competitive first-team cricket this year has been limited to the T20 Blast. But he has been playing three-day cricket for Surrey seconds and admits: “I’ve got overs in the legs, so I’m feeling good.
“The first week I’ve been here, the ball’s been coming out nicely.”
Pace is definitely the Pretorian’s main attribute.
“It’s one of my goals to be one of the quickest bowlers around, to push 90mph as often as possible,” he continued.
“Predominantly I move it away, but I do have one that comes back in. I’m working more and more on my in-swing. As the ball gets older, reverse also plays a part.
“My action means I fall away a bit, and that actually helps me reverse it.
“I’m definitely still learning.
“I’m still getting to know the Dukes ball and what works for me. It’s quite different to the Kookaburra back home in South Africa, which I got used to growing up.
“But this move is very exciting.
“The amount of young talent we have, we can all learn from each other. It bodes well for the club.”
Pillans, who has worked with Surrey bowling coach Ryan Sidebottom this year, has the long-term aim of qualifying for England, although that won’t come until 2023.
“International cricket is the pinnacle for any cricketer, and it’s a dream and goal of mine,” he said.
“But small steps. I have to qualify first, and I also know there’s a lot I need to learn. Hopefully, when that time comes, I’ll be bowling quickly and accurately and in contention.”
His first task, however, is to help Yorkshire stay up.
They sit second-bottom (seventh) in Division One, a point away from safety. Notts are fourth and 26 points clear having played a game more. They have lost their last three games.
“The fixtures coming up are against the teams around us, and it’s a good challenge,” added Pillans.
Stand-in captain David Willey has a facet problem in his back so opening batsman Adam Lyth will lead the side at Trent Bridge.
Kane Williamson, who passed 10,000 in his 131st first-class match in defeat against Somerset last week, has departed for New Zealand for three weeks’ rest before joining a pre-tour camp.
Test opener Jeet Raval will play the first of four scheduled First-Class matches for the White Rose.
Andrew Hodd, who scored 85 in the first innings against Somerset last week, is unavailable for selection due to a recent lower back injury flaring up. Jonny Tattersall has recovered form a back spasm, suffered ahead of that fixture, in order to resume his wicket-keeping duties.
Pace bowler Matthew Fisher, who is once again struggling with a cut on his toe, will miss the trip to Trent Bridge, while Mat Pillans could make his debut.
Steven Patterson, who is recovering from a broken left index finger, has continued to bowl and will travel to Trent Bridge to up his workload and could be fit to face Lancashire next week.
Ben Coad (side) is scheduled to play for the Club’s 2nd XI this week as he continues to build match fitness, while Tim Bresnan returns to the squad following a period of rest.
13-man squad to face Nottinghamshire CCC.
Jonny Tattersall (WK)
David Willey ©
Potential batting milestones in Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire on 4th Sep 2018
CD Nash needs 11 runs to reach 1000 runs in First-class matches at Nottingham
GS Ballance needs 12 runs to reach 500 runs in First-class matches against Nottinghamshire
SJ Mullaney needs 27 runs to reach 500 runs in First-class matches against Yorkshire
SJ Mullaney needs 45 runs to reach 3500 runs in First-class matches at Nottingham
SJ Mullaney needs 65 runs to reach 6500 runs in First-class matches
MH Wessels needs 75 runs to reach 3500 runs in First-class matches at Nottingham
JT Ball needs 81 runs to reach 500 runs in First-class matches at Nottingham
HF Gurney needs 94 runs to reach 500 runs in First-class matches
L Wood needs 100 runs to reach 1000 runs in First-class matches
JT Ball needs 103 runs to reach 1000 runs in First-class matches
JA Leaning needs 107 runs to reach 500 runs in First-class matches against Nottinghamshire
SR Patel needs 124 runs to reach 12000 runs in First-class matches
CD Nash needs 132 runs to reach 1000 runs in First-class matches against Yorkshire
L Wood needs 148 runs to reach 500 runs in First-class matches at Nottingham
Potential bowling milestones in Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire on 4th Sep 2018
LJ Fletcher needs 7 wickets to reach 150 wickets in First-class matches at Nottingham
SJ Mullaney needs 9 wickets to reach 100 wickets in First-class matches
- Only Lancashire have played more matches against Yorkshire in the Championship than Nottinghamshire have done.
- Nottinghamshire last beat Yorkshire in the Championship at Trent Bridge in 2008.
- Yorkshire have scored at least 500 in an innings on eight occasions against Nottinghamshire in the Championship but their opponents have done so only once – 545 for seven declared at Headingley in 2010. Yorkshire’s highest is 572 for eight declared at Scarborough in 2013.
- In 1901 Nottinghamshire were dismissed at Trent Bridge for 13 and this is the second-lowest total in the entire history of the County Championship.
- Geoff Boycott scored 15 centuries against Nottinghamshire in the Championship and this is the record for Yorkshire against any county.
- The world record analysis of ten for ten occurred for Yorkshire against Nottinghamshire – by Hedley Verity at Headingley in 1932.
- Of Yorkshire’s 15 hat-tricks in the County Championship since the Second World War six have been taken against Nottinghamshire.
Specsavers County Championship statistics
Yorkshire’s Specsavers County Championship statistics
- Specsavers County Championship: Division 1 (2017 performance – Second in Division Two – promoted)
- Royal London One-Day Cup: North Group (2017 performance – Winners)
- Vitality Blast: North Group (2017 performance – Winners)
Captain (s): Steven Mullaney in the Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup, Dan Christian returns to lead the T20 side.
Coach / Director of Cricket: Head Coach Peter Moores / Director of Cricket Mick Newell
Overseas Players: Ross Taylor (NZ) for first 8 CC matches and RLODC, Dan Christian (Aus) and Ish Sodhi (NZ) for T20.
Other Ins and Outs: High-profile departures from the start of last season include Chris Read, Michael Lumb and Greg Smith (all retired), Brendan Taylor (returned to Zimbabwe) and Brett Hutton (Northants).
The squad has been replenished with the addition of Chris Nash from Sussex and Paul Coughlin from Durham.
Prospects for 2018
Even the most partisan of Nottinghamshire supporters won’t be banking on the county repeating their heroics of last season, an unforgettable campaign that secured both white ball trophies and promotion back to the top flight in championship cricket.
Pinning your hopes on exactly how they will fare may be difficult to predict at this early stage though.
New captain Steven Mullaney has the unenviable task of succeeding Chris Read at the helm but his charges look more than capable of holding their own in Division One, providing they can get off to a decent start.
Notts begin with three away matches, with trips to Old Trafford, Headingley and Worcester before they can sample any home delights. Picking up points in those contests will be essential but hopes of a fast start have already received a set-back with new recruit Paul Coughlin requiring surgery after sustaining a shoulder injury, whilst on Lions duty.
His absence may give more opportunities in the number eight slot for Luke Wood, a genuine all-rounder who should now push onto greater things, as should Billy Root and Tom Moores.
Root’s century at Sussex, in the final match of last season, went a long way towards securing promotion and he should play a full part this time around, as will Moores, guaranteed to take the gloves.
With a rested Alex Hales promising to show off his precocious white ball talents once again, the Outlaws will certainly be amongst the most entertaining sides to watch in the shorter formats and they should advance to the knock-out stages in both competitions.