Yorkshire’s blistering start to the season continues apace as an admittedly poor Worcester outfit were put to the sword in some style at Headingley, the White Rose county prevailing by a monumental innings and 260 runs making it 3 wins and a draw in the Championship.
Momentum is everything in sport, and I am absolutely convinced that we will regain our rightful position as Champion County for only the second occasion in my lifetime. A shameful statistic for the true home of the soul of cricket in England.
Finally we have a Coach and a Captain in Moxon and Gough who truly know what it means to the fans, and we are the best supporters in the World. You only have to spend a day at Scarborough amongst the faithful to experience how much we love and understand our cricket in these parts.
Those who say that County cricket is dying know nowt. You talk to the fans. It means the world to us, and it doesn’t necessarily mean going to every game as cricket is just as easily followed through the print media, the internet, and now the superb ball by ball commentary provided on BBC local radio via the Website.
We discuss it knowledgably and yet I know most have never seen teenage Leg Spinning all rounder sensation Adil Rashid in the flesh, but they recognise he is going to be a big star of the future. Two half centuries and 21 wickets, and it’s only the second week of May, make him the toast of Yorkshire sport at the moment.
This season looked like it was going to be an unmitigated disaster as back in February we had no Captain, no Coach, it looked like McGrath was finished here due to a dispute with the Committee, and we had no second Overseas signing. And that’s on top of Chris Adams signing back in October, only to bottle it when he realised the passion which abounds in this Club.
Enter the Dream Team at the helm plus the acquisition of Younis Khan and the inspirational, if dodgy signing of Rudolph on a Kolpak provide the ingredients, but the players have done the business and take the credit. I don’t like the Kolpak thing much, but everyone else is doing it and the middle order was always going to be problem once Lehman returned Down Under.
Ten tonnes from the batters, plus Hoggard and Rashid sharing 38 wickets mean we must be favourites having only been held up by a classic Warne inspired rearguard action at the Rose Bowl last week. Otherwise it would four out of four.
The only glitch is Hoggard going to England, but that’s only for the Tests giving us a couple of Four Day games in mid season, plus all of September when the silverware will be decided.
Elsewhere Harmison has warmed up nicely by actually doing some bowling, notching up 50% of what he bowled ALL last summer. 24 wickets including 3 Michelles, proving the pundits right over last years misfiring being borne of not enough time at the crease.