ADAM LYTH: Bairstow’s brilliance helps us to Durham win

Yorkshire opener Adam Lyth's weekly column
Yorkshire opener Adam Lyth's weekly column

Jonny Bairstow produced quite possibly the best t20 innings I have ever seen in our win against Durham on Friday night.

On a difficult track at Chester-le-Street, we said we wanted to set Durham about 130-140 and keep things tight with the ball, and it looked like we were going to fall short of that until Jonny’s brilliant knock.

Yorjshire v Northants T20 Blast Headingley 16th may 2014'Six runs for Jonny Bairstow

Yorjshire v Northants T20 Blast Headingley 16th may 2014'Six runs for Jonny Bairstow

In what was obviously a must-win game for us in the Natwest t20 Blast, Jonny produced a match-winning knock of 102 off just 58 balls to steer us to 186-8, a score Durham were never going to chase down.

Jonny was just hitting the Durham bowlers to all parts of the ground, it was great to watch.

Every time they made a bowling change to try and slow the run rate, Jonny just got on top of the new man and continued to find the boundary with ease.

He was helped along the way by Adil Rashid and Alex Lees, who both supported Jonny superbly after a tricky start to our innings.

Hats off to Jonny though, it was a super, super knock.

He is one of those players who goes big when he comes off and stands out.

Jonny is capable of doing that to any bowling attack in the world on his day and Friday was certainly his day.

We lie in second in our group now behind Lancashire and are looking good to qualify, it’s just a case of trying to finish as high as possible to get that momentum going forward in the competition, and also to get a home tie in the quarter-finals.

First and foremost though is qualification.

It certainly wouldn’t faze us having to go away from home in the quarter-finals.

If we can play to our potential as we have been, we can beat anyone on our day.

We play Birmingham Bears at Headingley tomorrow at Headingley and then we’re in Scarborough for a crucial Championship clash against a very strong and able Middlesex side.

Hopefully we will get a big crowd in for the game

Coming away from all things Yorkshire, we saw the lifeless pitch at Trent Bridge ruin the first Test between England and India.

England were struggling a few times during the game when it looked like India were going to take the advantage and go on to win, but Rooty (Joe Root) and Jimmy Anderson dug deep and got us out of a tricky situation.

I don’t think the pitch at Trent Bridge did either side any favours, especially England.

We should be producing green, pacy wickets that will suit our seam attack, but we almost played on an Indian-style track that was a slow turner.

It comes down to money though.

The clubs hosting these lucrative Test matches need to ensure the game lasts the full five days so they get as much ticket revenue as possible.

It’s a shame, but that’s the way it goes.