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Somerset-bound Brooks will miss Roses battles

— 14 September 2018

When Jack Brooks sits down and reflects on his time at Yorkshire, Roses clashes will be at the forefront of his mind.

The Somerset bound quick will leave Emerald Headingley in a few weeks with his superb nine-wicket bag in a crucial 95-run win his last act against the Red Rose.

Brooks, 34, brilliantly put the skids under Lancashire’s pursuit of victory with five wickets in the first innings and four more in the second as the chased 230.

It preserved an unbeaten Roses record for the effervescent Oxford-born star.

And Brooks showed just what the White Rose county and the rivalry means to him when he wheeled away punching the air and whipping up the crowd having bowled Red Rose captain Liam Livingstone late on Wednesday’s third day.

Since arriving at Yorkshire ahead of 2013, Brooks has played in eight Roses Championship matches, winning five and drawing three.

“Those sort of games bring the best out of me,” he said.

“I want to be involved in the big games. I’ve got a good record against Lancs, and that’s something I will be able to take with me.

  • “Yorkshire are probably the most famous cricket team in the world, and Lancashire are up there as well. They’ve got a rich history, and the rivalry is unbelievable."

    “It’s been a pleasure to be involved in so many Roses games over the years, both in white ball and red ball cricket, and I will miss them.

    “It’s a big game and has a lot more attention in the media, and there’s always more people who turn up and watch them.

    “Yorkshire are probably the most famous cricket team in the world, and Lancashire are up there as well.

    “They’ve got a rich history, and the rivalry is unbelievable.

    “Every time we play each other, there’s always a bit of niggle and heat on it.

    “You know the players really well. It’s not as if we dislike each other, but the game seems to do that.

    “The crowd seem to love it and feed off it as well.

    “I will genuinely miss these games. I play up to the crowd a bit. When I’m on top, it’s an unbelievable feeling.”

    Brooks took 31 wickets in his eight Championship appearances against Lancashire, including five-fors in his first and last fixtures.

    He also scored a maiden first-class hundred in the draw at Emirates Old Trafford last season.

    But he does have one minor regret.

    He added: “It would have been unbelievable had we managed to play a Roses game at Scarborough. That would have been an incredible atmosphere.”

    Brooks will play his final game for Yorkshire at Headingley against Hampshire next week, starting on Tuesday.

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