Andrew Gale says Yorkshire’s players must learn from their mistakes after a poor start to day four threatened to cost them a draw against Surrey at Guildford.
Yorkshire lost a wicket with the first ball of the final day of their Specsavers County Championship fixture, slipping to 58-2 in reply to Surrey’s 313.
They later fell to 95-7 before lunch and were made to follow-on (148 all out) with 38 overs remaining in the game after tea.
Yorkshire closed on 30-0 from 13.3 overs of their second innings, claiming eight points from their fourth draw of the campaign added to two wins. They sit third in Division One behind Hampshire and leaders Somerset.
“With the bat this morning, we took the position we were in for granted and weren’t quite switched on,” said coach Gale.
“If you’re not switched on against good sides like Surrey, they can do some damage to you. That’s what they did.
“You talk about being switched on and getting into the battle from ball one, and we didn’t. We were right on the back foot and batting to save the game. It’s a lesson to us all.
“There was a tricky little period at the end there, but we got a draw out of the game.
“It hasn’t burst the bubble. We weren’t at our best, but we’re still playing some good cricket and still have some good confidence in the camp.”
Gale spoke of a frustrating week which saw more than two days of the game wiped out by rain and, latterly, bad light.
“Preparations have been tough,” he said.
“We haven’t had nets on the morning, there’s no Indoor Centre on an outground – it’s not been ideal.
“We bowled well in patches but not for long enough. Had we been good for long periods, we might have bowled them out for less than 250.
“Credit to Surrey, they batted well to get themselves in that position (313).”
However, there were positives; Steve Patterson claiming a first-innings five-wicket haul, Will Fraine and Adam Lyth sharing a second half-century opening stand in two matches and Jordan Thompson’s all-round debut – two wickets with the ball and 34 with the bat.
He is in line to retain his place against Warwickshire at York next week: “I would imagine so, yes,” admitted Gale.
“I thought Jordan did really well on debut. He bowled nicely and didn’t strive for wickets. He did what he’s done in second-team cricket to earn him the chance.
“With the bat, he’s a destructive player. He gave himself a chance, and it was a really mature knock.”
Meanwhile, Gale confirmed that Dom Bess will now return to Somerset after the conclusion of his four-game loan spell.