White backs batsman Lyth to bounce back

Yorks v Worcs.'Ryan Sidebottom celebrates Pardoe's wicket.'112805a. Pic Kevin Allen.'11/07/11.
Yorks v Worcs.'Ryan Sidebottom celebrates Pardoe's wicket.'112805a. Pic Kevin Allen.'11/07/11.
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YORKSHIRE coach and former Scarborough player Craig White has backed young batsman Adam Lyth to re-find the form that found him thrust into the spotlight last season.

Lyth has found it difficult to replicate his superb form of last season, and was dismissed for five against Durham in the Friend’s Life t20 on Sunday, and nine on the first day of Yorkshire’s LV County Championship encounter against Worcestershire yesterday.

But White has backed the young batsman to fire, starting with the second innings of the important clash at the foot of the division one table.

He said: “Adam has had a tough season so far. But he is a quality batsman and he’ll come good.

“There is a lot of cricket to be played this season and there’s plenty of time for him to get some big runs.

“I’m sure there is a big, big score just around the corner for Adam. You can see that in his batting and it’s just not coming off for him at the moment.”

White, who used to ply his trade at North Marine Road for Scarborough, is delighted to be back at the ground with Yorkshire.

He added: “It’s an excellent ground and a great place to play cricket.

“The pitch has been doing a fair bit. A bit too much actually, especially for the t20 on Sunday, but that benefitted the likes of Richard Pyrah, who bowled superbly and deserved his wickets.

“It’s a sporting wicket, it wasn’t the sort of wicket that you can hit plenty of fours and sixes on, and that’s what the fans want to see, but it was a great game and the crowd were great.

“This is a massive game this week, but we’re usually better when we have to battle and I expect us to start playing some good cricket.”