NICK SUMPTON’S COLUMN: Tykes duo making headlines

10th September 2011''Yorkshire v Somerset, LV County Championship.'Pictured Yorkshire's  Adam Lyth walks back to the dressing rooms, caught Suppiah, bowled Kartik for 3.'Picture by Gerard Binks.
10th September 2011''Yorkshire v Somerset, LV County Championship.'Pictured Yorkshire's Adam Lyth walks back to the dressing rooms, caught Suppiah, bowled Kartik for 3.'Picture by Gerard Binks.

Finally we got league action started last weekend when the 1st XI edged past Driffield at Kings Mill Road in a close encounter.

A great team effort with the bat meant we chased down 274 to win, with Darren Harland the main contributor with 79.

It’s been good to see Darren has continued to score runs after relinquishing the captaincy and his good start to this season will set him in good stead to get towards 1,000 runs this year.

It was a slightly new role for Darren, who usually opens up the innings, but with captain Andrew Simpson and Adam Lyth kicking things off, Darren dropped to three and it didn’t faze him.

His 79 was assisted by 43 from Adam Lyth and Mark Tennant, 25 from Simpson and 29 from Ash Lyth, all contributing to the team total which ended up being a great chase. That team effort and runs from everyone will be key if we are to launch a bid at York’s title this season.

Despite the good run chase, Simpson will be disappointed we let Driffield escape from 103-5.

Their overseas player Aamer Sajjad made 113 and Nick Hardgrave made 82 to put the hosts a very good total on the board.

Although Simpson and Ash Lyth took three wickets each and new signing Danny Evans picked up a couple, it will be a pain to Simpson that we didn’t capitalise on having them five down.

We have been able to secure the services of our own overseas all-rounder Samrat Sharma, who will arrive next week.

He is coming over from India and will bolster both the spin bowling and batting departments. Following on from Piet Rinke, Sharma will also help bring along the younger players at the club, offering them his experience and knowledge of the game.

My 2nd XI are hoping to start third-time-lucky this weekend with a scheduled trip to New Earswick.

Things got a bit close and heated last time we visited the side close to Monks Cross Shopping Centre and we certainly owe them one from the one run defeat we suffered last time out.

We are boosted by the return of all-rounder Tom Precious and can include Theo Smith at the top of the order once again.

Martin North’s 3rd XI are also hoping to get their season off to a start, taking on Ganton either at North Marine Road (if the Yorkshire v Leicestershire game has finished) or Scarborough College.

It was a close game in pre-season between the two sides and I’m sure it will be a good test of the young 3rd XI against a good Ganton side.

I have been down at the Yorkshire and Leicestershire game at North Marine Road, and despite the cold conditions Jonathan Bairstow made a much needed hundred during the first days play after the Tykes were in trouble at 33-3.

He and Andrew Gale put on 160 for the 4th wicket which took the momentum away from the travelling Foxes.

He then compounded the misery for the visitors by putting on another 100+ partnership this time with Anthony McGrath.

McGrath has returned to the Yorkshire side in this game after missing out in the first few games.

He was picked as the extra batsman at the expense of the 12th man Iain Wardlaw and it proved to be a wise move as they propelled Yorkshire to 329-5 at the close of Day 1.

There was a healthy, but brave crowd in at North Marine Road as the May fixtures got under-way.

Hats, gloves, scarves, jumpers and anything else to keep you warm was evident inside North Marine Road as the hardy souls battled the conditions.

The positive recovery of Yorkshire’s middle order will have warmed them through as they filtered back into the town after the days play.

The shock news prior to the game was that Ajmal Shahzad will be leaving Yorkshire and hasn’t been included in the squad for this game at Scarborough.

Instead he will be moving counties with the Red Rose of Lancashire and Somerset, who are need of a quality fast bowler, reportedly interested.

While answering questions in a press conference at North Marine Road on Thursday Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon and Chairman Colin Graves told reporters that the opinions varied between the club and Shahzad about his role within the team, and that he was moving on for cricketing reasons only.

They also added that it was an amicable departure and they wished him all the best for the future.

Mitchell Starc, from Australia, will join up with Yorkshire as soon as possible and will be the man to fill the void left by Shahzad.

It also opens the door for bowlers such as Oliver Hannon-Dalby and Moin Ashraf who could break into the side when Tim Bresnan joins up with England.

During the same confrence they answered questions about Scarborough’s Adam Lyth’s position in the squad.

Coach Moxon reassured everyone that Lyth still has a place to play for in the Yorkshire set up and when Joe Root joins up with England Lions, Lyth will have the opportunity to prove himself.

Moxon also stated that Lyth didn’t value is wicket highly enough in the first part of last season and needed to find the right balance between his naturally attacking game, and occupying the crease.

Hopefully Adam can occupy the crease for our 1st XI and get some runs to get himself firmly back into the reckoning.

With limited-overs cricket getting under way this weekend, he may also get an opportunity in that format to force his way back into Jason Gillespie’s side and try to nail down a place for the longer term.