ADAM LYTH: Jack’s superb 111 should’ve been enough

Adam Lyth's weekly column for The Scarborough News

Adam Lyth's weekly column for The Scarborough News

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It was a very disappointing start to an important Scarborough Cricket Festival for us on Monday.

We went into the game against Essex full of confidence, and really should have won after posting 290-6.

Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com - 11/08/2014 - Cricket - Royal London One-Day Cup - Yorkshire County Cricket Club v Essex County Cricket Club - North Marine Road, Scarborough, England - Yorkshire's Jack Leaning celebrates his century against Essex.

Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com - 11/08/2014 - Cricket - Royal London One-Day Cup - Yorkshire County Cricket Club v Essex County Cricket Club - North Marine Road, Scarborough, England - Yorkshire's Jack Leaning celebrates his century against Essex.

I was very disappointed to be run out as I felt in good touch and had made my way nicely to 38, but that’s cricket and sometimes the luck isn’t with you.

There was a bit of a mix-up, but that happens all the time in this sport and I’ll look to move on and make some big runs in what is an important week for the club in Scarborough.

The conditions changed dramatically at the halfway stage though.

The strong winds dried the surface that had started out a bit damp and green, and the Essex batsmen took full advantage hitting with the breeze to the short boundary.

After Jack Leaning’s (pictured) superb 111, we were really confident that we could go on and win the game.

And having them struggling on 15-3, I really thought we’d go on from there and take the win.

But credit to Ryan ten Doeschate and Tom Westley.

Their 209-run partnership is the best limited overs innings I’ve faced up against, and while it was nice to claim another couple of catches, to lose the game was bitterly disappointing.

We can definitely take some positives from the game though.

Jack’s century was superbly timed and he played some cracking shots on his way to three figures.

He’s another talented player to have come through the ranks at the club, and we keep managing to bring players up from the academy system, which is obviously only going to benefit Yorkshire in the long term.

At the time of going to print for this column, we had another crucial Royal London One Day Cup clash against Derbyshire to play, and hopefully we bounced back with a bang.

We have a huge game in the Championship against Sussex starting on Friday and we will all be ready to go come game time.

As we all know, Sussex are a good side with good players, and I’m sure their skipper Ed Joyce and experienced pace bowler Steve Magoffin will be dangerous, but we always worry about ourselves rather than the opposition and this weekend will be no different I’m sure.

We will look to play good, positive and attacking cricket over the four days and if we can do that, I have no doubts we will come out with a positive result.

We are top of the Championship and we clearly want to stay there.

Meanwhile, England start their fifth and final Test against India at The Oval tomorrow, and I think we will round off the series in style.

I said right from the start that England will have too much for India over five Tests, and that has proven to be the case.

I think we will go in with the same side, it all depends on Stuart Broad after he wore a short ball in the last match at Old Trafford.

A lot has been said about the form of Chris Jordan and whether or not he should keep his place in the side again.

He’s struggled a bit for form of late, but he’s a great bowler and is clearly going to make it at the top level.

I’ve played a fair amount of cricket against him and he’s always a very difficult bowler to face up to.