ADAM LYTH: A great week for Tykes capped by Roses victory

Adam Lyth's weekly column for The Scarborough News
Adam Lyth's weekly column for The Scarborough News

It has been a very busy - and successful - few days for myself and Yorkshire CCC.

It was great to get 230 and play a part in helping us to a crucial win at Northants in the County Championship, keeping us in the running for a title challenge.

Yorkshire Vikings Aaron Finch (right) catches Lancashire Lightning's Tom Smith after Adam Lyth (left) throw the ball back while falling over the boundary rope, during the NatWest t20 Blast match at Emirates Old Trafford

Yorkshire Vikings Aaron Finch (right) catches Lancashire Lightning's Tom Smith after Adam Lyth (left) throw the ball back while falling over the boundary rope, during the NatWest t20 Blast match at Emirates Old Trafford

We were coming back from Northampton on the bus and were watching the Sky Sports coverage of the England ODI when the commentators were asked who they would pick in their England side for the first Test at Lord’s against Sri Lanka.

It was great to see David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd pick me as one of his openers in his line-up.

It is very flattering to be mentioned in connection with England but all I can do is concentrate on scoring runs for Yorkshire and not get too far ahead of myself.

I think Sam Robson is probably the correct choice to open with Alastair Cook as he has had a fine winter, hitting five centuries for the England Performance Programme and England Lions team.

My teammate Liam Plunkett got a richly-deserved recall to the Test team and I hope he gets the nod for the final XI.

I think England will win the series against the Sri Lankans as a bowling attack with Broad, Anderson, Plunkett and newcomer Chris Jordan should be too powerful for the tourists.

It will be good if all three Yorkshire lads - Plunkett, Joe Root and Gary Ballance - are in the side for the second Test as they would be on their home turf at Headingley.

Friday night’s win for Yorkshire at Old Trafford against Lancashire in our Roses T20 clash was a great result.

I was delighted to play my part in the win, especially the ‘flick-back’ for Aaron Finch to catch Tom Smith out in the home team’s innings.

The Lancashire batsman was trying to hit a straight six and the ball was sailing over the boundary, but I managed to get to the ball and flick it back to Finchy before my feet touched the ground on the other side of the boundary mark.

When the ball started heading towards the boundary, with Finchy and I heading towards the ball, I shouted out to him to get ready for me to click it back to him.

He acknowledged me and I thankfully managed to flick it over for Finchy to gather the catch safely.

We put a lot of practice into these type of flick-back catches with one of our coaches Richard Dawson, who was a great fielder in first-class cricket himself.

It is a great feeling to help your side take a catch like this and was great that the home fans applauded the catch as well even though it was going against their side.

I think cricket is a lot better in this way as you would not see that from most football fans on an opposing team.

This type of catch is becoming more common now, Kieron Pollard taking one after having tipped it back himself for Mumbai Indians against Rajasthan Royals in an IPL match last month.

We knew it was going to be difficult chasing down Lancashire’s 179-6 in front of a 16,000 sell-out crowd at the new Old Trafford on Friday.

You always need at least one batsman to really weigh in with a big innings to win a T20 game and Friday was Finchy’s night as he smashed a superb 88 from 55 balls.

It was a pleasure to bat with him, he was awesome and smacked two of the biggest sixes I have ever seen.

He even admitted to me after the game that one of the sixes, the one that hit the roof of the ground, was probably the biggest six he had ever hit.

Everyone played their part in the run-chase and it was great to get a win in a Roses match, especially at Old Trafford.

They lost six runs due to a slow over-rate and that left us needing nine to win from the last over rather than 15 so it made it slightly easier.

A lot of the credit for the six-run deduction must go to Finchy, who hit their three main spinners out of the attack and forced them into bringing Junaid Khan and Kabir Ali, their fast bowlers, back into the attack which obviously affected the over-rate.

Any Roses games is exciting to be part of, but this was especially thrilling and it was great to see us silence the home crowd by claiming the win with a Richard Pyrah six.