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— 24 September 2018

Steve Patterson is hoping Adam Lyth can finish the season with another big score, as the Yorkshire captain admits the opener’s runs are central to his team’s future success in the Specsavers County Championship.

Lyth hit a superb 134 not out in the second innings of Yorkshire’s rain-affected draw against Hampshire at Emerald Headingley last week.

It was a result which leaves them needing a maximum of only two points from their season-ending clash with Worcestershire at New Road, starting tomorrow (MONDAY).

Lyth’s century against Hampshire was his first of a frustrating personal season which has seen him score only 609 runs from 12 appearances.

Patterson said: “Lythy’s worked really hard this year. He’s done well in white ball cricket, but in the four-day stuff hasn’t had the performances and the results that he’s capable of and would have liked.

“He’s been frustrated, and it’s been frustrating to see because we know how good a player he is when he gets it right.

“He’s not had much luck or fortune.

“But I was delighted for him last week. He played really well, and it’s good for his confidence going into Worcester and next season as well.

“He is crucial to us. When he does well, we do well.

“It’s vital for our future success that he performs.

“If you look at the years we’ve had success, 2014 and 2015 – even the two years either side when we challenged – when Lythy scores heavily, we’re always in the game.

“We’re not going to be 30 or 40 for four too often if he plays well.
“He’s done it for 10 years now. It’s just a shame his last year and a half hasn’t quite worked out.”

In Lyth’s three campaigns when he has topped 1,000 Championship runs, Yorkshire have either won the Division One title or challenged,

In 2010, he scored 1,509 and they finished third, as they did in 2016 when he posted 1,133. In 2014 when the White Rose won the title, he racked up 1,489.

Lyth is not the only batsman to show promise during the last three weeks when Yorkshire have shown improvement as a team to draw two and win one.

Both Gary Ballance and Tom Kohler-Cadmore have scored centuries.

“It’s been a tough year with upheaval at the club for various reasons,” said Patterson.

“We have some high-class players. It’s just a shame they haven’t been able to show that quality throughout the season as much as we’d have liked.”

“But, as you’ve seen this last few weeks, we have got some talent.

“If we can get the likes of Lythy, Tom, Gary and Harry Brook performing to the level they’re capable of next year, we know we can beat anyone.”

On the situation in the table, Patterson added: “There is this two points thing, but my message to the lads is ‘Go and enjoy the game’. It always is. If we enjoy ourselves, we have more chance of performing well.

“We feel like we’ve played some good cricket these last couple of weeks.

“It was a great win against Lancs in a crucial game, and we backed it up with another strong performance against Hampshire.

“It was frustrating with the weather because we felt we could have pushed for a win had we played on Friday.

“The pleasing thing was that we didn’t go into that game desperate for a win to keep us up.

“We go into Worcester with confidence.”

  • Team news

    Opener Jeet Raval plays the last of four scheduled Specsavers County Championship fixtures for the White Rose before linking up with his New Zealand team-mates for their pre-tour camp in Lincoln.

    Jack Leaning, who scored 126 in a a three-day 2nd XI friendly against Durham – his second successive hundred – replaces leg-spinner Josh Poysden in a 14-man squad.

    Somerset-bound Jack Brooks plays his final match for the White Rose, bringing to an end a six-year spell with the Club.


    Gary Ballance
    Tim Bresnan
    Harry Brook
    Jack Brooks
    Tom Kohler-Cadmore
    Ben Coad
    Jack Leaning
    James Logan
    Adam Lyth
    Steven Patterson ©
    Jeet Raval
    Josh Shaw
    Jonny Tattersall (WK)
    Matthew Waite

    Match statistics

    • Yorkshire have scored over 500 in an innings on seven occasions against Worcestershire, their highest being 600 for four declared in 1995 but the only time the west midlands county have passed 500 against Yorkshire was at Scarborough earlier this season when they made 572 for seven declared.
    • Yorkshire have dismissed Worcestershire for fewer than 50 on six occasions, the lowest being 24 at Huddersfield in 1903, but their own lowest in these matches is 62 at Bradford in 1907.
    • Each of these two counties’ highest individual innings against each other have occurred in Worcestershire. Yorkshire’s Martyn Moxon scored 274 not out at Worcester in 1994 and Don Kenyon made 259 at Kidderminster in 1956.


    Potential batting milestones in Worcestershire v Yorkshire on 24th Sep 2018

    BL D’Oliveira needs 5 runs to reach 2500 runs in First-class matches

    OB Cox needs 37 runs to reach 2000 runs in First-class matches at Worcester

    OB Cox needs 46 runs to reach 4000 runs in First-class matches

    J Leach needs 48 runs to reach 2500 runs in First-class matches

    TT Bresnan needs 51 runs to reach 6500 runs in First-class matches

    J Leach needs 78 runs to reach 1500 runs in First-class matches at Worcester

    T Kohler-Cadmore needs 85 runs to reach 1000 runs in First-class matches at Worcester

    DKH Mitchell needs 125 runs to reach 12500 runs in First-class matches

    DKH Mitchell needs 143 runs to reach 5500 runs in First-class matches at Worcester

    JM Clarke needs 148 runs to reach 2000 runs in First-class matches at Worcester

    Potential bowling milestones in Worcestershire v Yorkshire on 24th Sep 2018

    BO Coad needs 3 wickets to reach 100 wickets in First-class matches

    WD Parnell needs 3 wickets to reach 200 wickets in First-class matches

    SJ Magoffin needs 3 wickets to reach 600 wickets in First-class matches

    JC Tongue needs 5 wickets to reach 50 wickets in First-class matches at Worcester

    TT Bresnan needs 7 wickets to reach 550 wickets in First-class matches

    EG Barnard needs 9 wickets to reach 150 wickets in First-class matches

    Specsavers County Championship statistics

    Yorkshire’s Specsavers County Championship statistics

    The opposition

    • Specsavers County Championship: Division 1 (2017 performance – N/A Division Two champions)
    • Royal London One-Day Cup: North Group (2017 performance – 1st)
    • Vitality Blast: North Group (2017 performance – 8th)

    Captain: Joe Leach
    Head Coach: Kevin Sharp
    Overseas Players: Travis Head, Martin Guptill, Callum Ferguson
    Other Ins and Outs: In – Steve Magoffin (Sussex). Out – Alexei Kervezee

  • Man on a Mission

    Joe Clarke – he has never made a secret of his desire to play for England and, after three successive winters with the Lions, is keen to impress and become the next cab on the rank in the scramble for batting places. His performances in the North-South Series bode well.

    Clarke has also upped his T20 game and was Worcestershire’s leading run-scorer in 2017 after being converted into an opener.

  • One to Watch

    Dillon Pennington – the paceman impressed when sharing the new ball during the recent ICC Under-19 World Cup.

    He is currently on a scholarship at University Of Worcester but has set his sights on making his first team breakthrough this summer.

    Recently signed a two year contract with the County to come into effect from October 2018.

  • Local Hero

    Joe Leach – has enjoyed three superb years and enabled the County to fill the gap left in their attack after the retirement of Alan Richardson – now back at Blackfinch New Road as Head Bowling Coach.

    Leach has taken 193 Championship wickets during that period and led from the front in his first season as captain in 2017. Will aim to do so again as Worcestershire aim to stop yo-yoing between the two divisions.

  • Prospects for 2018

    It is a new era at Blackfinch New Road and a new look coaching team in Head Coach Kevin Sharp, Head Bowling Coach Alan Richardson and Second Eleven Coach Alex Gidman.

    They have quickly gelled together alongside new CEO and former County spinner Matthew Rawnsley and there is a quiet optimism about the prospects for 2018.

    Worcestershire want to cease to be a side which see-saws between the divisions – not quite good enough for Division One but always a strong candidate for promotion.

    The majority of the squad also featured in 2015 when the County were competitive in the top flight but just failed to avoid the drop.

    They are still young in years but now have considerable experience under their belts and the achievements of Essex in their first season after promotion have not gone unnoticed.

    Worcestershire certainly appear to have the firepower to take wickets with Steve Magoffin, Joe Leach, Josh Tongue and Ed Barnard likely to start the season but they have a crop of up and coming talent in the pace department.

    The likes of Pat Brown, George Scrimshaw and Dillon Pennington plus more senior pros like Jack Shantry and Charlie Morris will also be in with a shout.

    Batting-wise, Worcestershire will be strengthened by the recruitment of Australian left hander Travis Head and will rely on former captain Daryl Mitchell to provide a solid platform at the top of the order after his seven hundreds last summer.

    They will also hope Tom Fell can recapture the form that brought him 1,000 plus Division One runs in 2015.

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