As we count down to the start of the new season, in a new weekly feature, we look back at some of Yorkshire’s highlights throughout last summer, be it great wins or memorable individual performances……
Questions had been asked right the way through pre-season regarding Ben Coad’s ability to back up his 50-wicket breakthrough campaign in 2017.
A one season wonder? Not a bit of it.
Coad started 2018 in grand style with 10 wickets in the match as Nottinghamshire were on the wrong end of a clinical Yorkshire performance, albeit one which started shakily.
After seven straight days of washed out cricket to start the year, including the opening round Specsavers County Championship clash with champions Essex at Emerald Headingley, Coad played the lead role in making the wait for cricket very much worth it.
The White Rose county slipped to 93-5 early on day one before Andrew Hodd’s 62 led the recovery to 256 against a side who had ambushed Lancashire across the Pennines the week before.
Notts then slipped to 6-3 in reply and 188 all out, with 24-year-old Coad claiming 4-49 on his return to fitness after a hip flexor injury sustained on the mid-March training camp in South Africa.
Yorkshire then really stamped their authority on the clash thanks to further half-centuries for Gary Ballance, who led the way with 82, and an unbeaten 68 for Tim Bresnan.
Their second-innings score of 334 all out ensured Notts were set an unrealistic victory target of 403 at tea on day three.
Then came the magic session as Steven Mullaney and co slipped to 181-8 at close following an elongated evening.
Coad added four more wickets amidst an expert spell of swing bowling, showing just why he had been named as the 2017 player of the year after bursting onto the scene.
It meant that Yorkshire needed only two more wickets when they returned to start day four, and Coad claimed both of them in the first hour to finish with six (6-81) in the innings and match figures of 10-130.
A 21-point haul was secured and the added bonus of the early lead in Division One.