We’re back in Scarborough next week for the newly-revamped festival.
I think it’s a great idea that we’re in Scarborough for a longer period, especially with me living up the road in Whitby.
It has been said many times, but the lads all enjoy coming over to Scarborough.
We always get a great reception and good crowds at North Marine Road, especially for the limited overs games.
It’s great to have two big Royal London Cup games at Scarborough, with Essex on Monday and Derbyshire on Wednesday.
Two good results in those games would give us some great momentum heading into the crucial Championship game against Sussex, starting on Friday.
I think I will be opening the bat for the one day games, which is a great challenge for me and I’m sure the pitches at Scarborough will be great, so I’m looking forward to getting out there on what was my home ground for many years.
I’m feeling confident at the moment, as are most of the lads, and we will be no different heading into our games in Scarborough.
At the time of going to print, we were heading into two big Royal London games against Northamptonshire and Worcestershire.
If we win both them we could have qualified from our group, but we take it game-by-game and don’t get ahead of ourselves.
My opening batting partner Alex Lees has been nominated for the LV= Breakthrough Player award after his great form with the bat so far this season.
Alex has done very well this morning, carrying on his form from his first season with us last year.
We like batting with each other and that helps a lot at the top of the order, where it’s crucial to have a solid start.
I think there’ll be a lot more to come from Alex and there’s no better place for him to carry on his fantastic form than Scarborough.
Another prospect at Yorkshire who is doing very well is our young pace bowler Josh Shaw.
He has been doing really well for our second team and has followed up that form with the England under-19s side.
Josh took 6-103 in their first Test against South Africa at Cambridge this week and he is showing some real promise.
I’ve seen him in the nets a bit and while he is young and still very raw, he has a good yard of pace about him.
I’m sure he’ll carry on his good form and one day open the bowling for Yorkshire.
It shows the great work our academy staff are doing.
We keep producing top young talent and that’s promising news for the future.
There was bitterly disappointing news for our fast bowler Liam Plunkett this week after his ankle injury forced him out of the England squad for their fourth Test against India at Old Trafford.
It is a big blow for Liam, who had made a good impression with the ball for England after his call-up.
I spoke with him last week after he picked up the injury and it seems the results of his scan haven’t been favourable.
He’ll be disappointed and so will everyone at the club, but all he can do now is rest up and get back to fitness.
I don’t know how long he’ll be out of action for, but I’m sure once he’s fit and ready to go again he’ll soon be taking wickets for England and Yorkshire again.
He’s been replaced by Steven Finn in what is pretty much a like-for-like swap.
Finn is another tall, pacy and aggressive bowler and I’m sure he’ll fit into the squad nicely.
If he bowls in the right areas, I’m sure he’ll take wickets.