Yorkshire coach Gillespie: ‘We learned our lesson here last year’

Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie is a fan of the revamped Scarborough Cricket Festival format
Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie is a fan of the revamped Scarborough Cricket Festival format

Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie insists his side learned lessons from their defeat against Durham at North Marine Road last year as they beat Sussex to extend their gap to six points at the top of the division one table.

Yorkshire’s title charge effectively ended after their defeat against Durham at North Marine Road last year, and the Tykes coach says his side learned from that defeat.

Gillespie said: “We learned some really good lessons from that (Durham defeat).

“When we have our foot on the throat, we need to keep it there. We don’t let the opposition off the hook.

“I think we did that with the bat, we were under a bit of pressure early on but we fought back, and with the ball we stuck to the task and were more patient.

“Those are the lessons we learned from last year and the lads are in a pretty good place at the moment.

“We’ve played some really good cricket here this week.”

Gillespie now hopes the festival format can continue, despite the rigours of spending over a week away from home.

The Aussie added: “We’ll look forward to this again next year, no question.

“I think it’s a great move by the club and Scarborough Cricket Club. We love coming up here.

“This is one of the best surfaces in the country.

“The ECB really should come up here and speak to John Dodds and look at this surface.

“It’s just a great occasion coming to Scarborough.”