Gillespie in positive mood

ENCOURAGED ... Jason Gillespie

ENCOURAGED ... Jason Gillespie

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NEW Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie has been encouraged by signs of progression within his side since taking over at Headingley.

The Tykes started their LV County Championship division two encounter against Leicestershire at North Marine Road this morning, hoping for some decent weather and more consistency as they go in search of their first win of a frustrating season to date.

Two draws against Kent with another against Essex at Headingley have frustrated Gillespie, who remains confident of his side’s chances of picking up wins sooner rather than later.

Speaking to the Scarborough Evening News, Gillespie said: “We haven’t had the best weather so far this season.

“We have played on some good decks that would definitely have seen a result had we been able to get a full game in, it has just been frustrating that the weather has played its part so much.

“I have been very encouraged by performances with both bat and ball so far.

“While it has been frustrating, there are good signs there and the players all know the areas we need to improve in.

“Consistency is our buzz word of the season and all the guys in the dressing room are discussing it.

“That’s superb as a coach. The staff can all identify areas for improvement, but when the players do that themselves it is a good sign.

“The guys know we are losing wickets at regular intervals and we need to finish teams off with the ball a bit better, but there are positives to be seen so far.”

Gillespie arrived in Scarborough yesterday and was full of praise for the ground staff, who have had to battle the elements to get a pitch ready.

He added: “The wicket will seam a bit I think. The ground staff have done a superb job.”