Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie has praised the common sense of both his captain Andrew Gale and Gloucestershire skipper Hamish Marshall after the sides agreed on a victory target that saw the Tykes win their crucial LVCC division two clash despite two days of the game being completely washed out.
Yorkshire agreed to declare their first innings on 61-2 and Gloucestershire were able to plunder their way to a victory target of 314 with Yorkshire bowling Gale and Adam Lyth.
The Tykes managed to navigate a few scares to make it home with two overs to spare, and Gillespie was delighted with the outcome after a challenging week.
Speaking to The Scarborough News, Gillespie said: “Look I think we have to praise the two captains for coming up with a solution where we could have a result.
“It wasn’t the easiest of decisions as the wicket was offering a bit to the bowlers, but we’ve tried to be an entertaining cricket team this year and we knew how important the win would be.
“We had to throw up a bit of rubbish for their openers to do it, but so be it. We had agreed 310 but they got to 308 and then hit a six so it changed slightly.
“But they wanted time to bowl us out and we gave it to them and we managed to get home with a couple of overs to spare.
“Our openers started us off superbly. It was a shame they couldn’t carry it on and see us home with big scores, but they put pressure on their bowlers and got us away to a positive start.
“Phil Jaques played wonderfully well and helped us even further, and then Anthony McGrath just timed it superbly well to win it for us.
“He had to show all his experience out there but he timed it really well.
“They bowled really well in the middle session to put some pressure on us, but we met the challenge and Anthony saw us home.
“I have to give credit to Azeem Rafiq too, he saw it through until the end with Anthony in tough conditions.”
Despite the two captain’s coming to a gentlemen’s agreement to try and get a result out of the contest, sections of the crowd booed the players and started a slow clap as Gloucestershire racked up the runs.
This annoyed Gillespie, who was disappointed that the crowd couldn’t see the bigger picture with both sides going for the result.
He added: “It was a fraction disappointing that after both captain’s came to an arrangement that would make it an exciting day of cricket that some of the crowd booed the players and were slow clapping.
“Obviously they missed the point that we were setting the game up for a result and that was disappointing.
“But the same fans were clapping and cheering at the end so we certainly proved them all wrong in the end.
“But look, 99.9 per cent of the crowd were wonderful and supported Yorkshire like they always do at Scarborough.
“They’re always very supportive of Yorkshire teams here and that’s great. It’s good that we ended the week on a high with a win too.”