By Matthew Fisher
We were very disappointed that, as a group, we didn’t put in our best performance against Essex earlier this week. But we will come back fighting against Somerset this weekend.
We hadn’t been dominated in a game before Essex, but we were in that game. We know we weren’t good enough for long enough, and that bites you quickly in first-class cricket.
It’s frustrating because, with a decent result and then a win against Somerset, you never know what might happen. You start thinking about the title race. But it wasn’t to be.
Steve Patterson, who knows exactly what it takes to win games, always bangs on about doing the good things for longer than the opposition. We’ll try and do that against Somerset.
Personally, I was pretty happy with my performance. The way I bowled in the second innings, I probably strived a bit too much for wickets. But it’s hard not to do that when you’re only defending a score of 92.
Other than that, I felt I was pretty decent with three wickets in the first innings. I got into my groove as the game went on and showed my skills. On another day, I might be talking about five wickets.
I was encouraged with how I batted (26 and 16) – dug in and didn’t give them much.
Now, for me, it’s about playing more cricket without playing too much where you get tired and your performance drops. I’ll get a lot of rest over the next few days and see what the coaches go with on Saturday.
The return of Jack Brooks. That could be fun!
He’s a big crowd favourite and was a cracking bowler for Yorkshire. He knows how to bowl at Headingley and has the experience of being successful there, and we’ll have to be wary of that.
We know what Brooksy’s like as a bowler. He can bowl four overs for 30 and then come back and take five-for in a spell. We just need to be on it when he comes on.
Dom Bess will also be playing in that game, which will be interesting as well. It is what it is. We’ll just crack on and try to get a win under our belts.
The loan signing of Dom and the arrival of Nicholas Pooran as overseas for the first few games in the T20 Blast, which starts next week, is all good news.
Hopefully we can go all the way in that this year, something we haven’t been able to do yet.
What we haven’t had in the past is a real method and a game plan that we can stick to in T20.
We go out there and get 200 quite regularly, but I think we could be better with game plans bowling wise where, for example, we maybe go double spin on big boundaries.
Having Bessy and Poysy (Josh Poysden) really enables us to do that, especially when you go to places like Old Trafford and they set the boundaries wide with their two or three spinners. Having our own, we can counteract that.
We have also maybe lost the odd important away game here and there that has cost us points.
Teams will always be strong at home in T20 – like us. We score a lot of runs at Headingley and back our bowlers to defend what we’ve got.
Then we go away to places like Old Trafford and we might lose because we don’t have that depth of spin. But we are going to have that this year having got Bessy in as well.
I do think next year’s Hundred competition will have an impact on this year’s Blast in the sense that players will want to put in good performances to put their names in the hat for the new competition.
I think most lads will have, in the winter just gone, been topping up their white ball skills a bit more because they know the opportunities there to impress ahead of next year. They’ll want to be in top form in the Blast.
It should be an exciting couple of months.