A Fine Finish
By Gary Watton
September 24 2018
It took until the evening of the first day of the final fixture for Yorkshire to secure their top league status for next year when they picked up a second bowling bonus point. Remarkably, the Tykes then put their seal on a decent September by finishing the league campaign in a lofty fourth position. This has been a largely disappointing summer for the white rose, beset by batting inadequacies, but peculiarly Yorkshire are the fourth best team in the land, which I am afraid doesn't bode well for English cricket. Someone on Faecesbook the other day suggested that extras should be in contention for Yorkshire player of the season. This was a damning indictment of our summery travails, but at least it ended well with TKC, Lyth, and Ballance piling on the runs in the final few weeks. Nevertheless, a final position of fourth looks ludicrous, but there again league tables don't lie!
Worcestershire versus YORKSHIRE; in Worcester; Monday the 24th to Wednesday the 26th of September. YORKSHIRE chose to bowl.
Worcestershire first innings: 340 (Mitchell 127, Moeen 60; Brooks 6-94)
YORKSHIRE first innings: 428 (Ballance 194, Brooks 82; Tongue 3-31)
Worcestershire second innings: 221 (Moeen 67, Parnell 58*; Coad 4-56, Patterson 3-38)
YORKSHIRE second innings: 137 for three (Ballance 60)
YORKSHIRE win by seven wickets. Worcestershire six points, YORKSHIRE 24 points.
Lyth - Lythy didn't hit the heights of his previous outing. This time he could only make do with a 27 and an innings of twenty, plus a couple of catches.
Raval - Scores of 21 and thirteen were once more inadequate. Raval is just passing through, which is just as well. He hasn't added any value to the first eleven.
Leaning - Jack's Yorkshire future must be in the balance. After a thirteen in the first innings, he played a sensible, unbeaten knock of twenty-two in the run chase.
Ballance - Gary finished the season with a flourish, in the shape of forty fours, one six, and 254 runs. He's still clearly one of the best batsmen in the country.
Kohler-Cadmore - Tom weighed in with three catches, while his batting merely amounted to an innings of eight, followed by an eight not out, as victory was secured.
Tattersall - The young wicketkeeper was guilty of a costly dropped catch off the centurion Mitchell. He did take three catches and hit a mediocre nineteen runs.
Bresnan - This wasn't the big guy's best performance. His bowling delivered three wickets, but his 29 overs cost 110 runs. He only managed to score seven runs.
Patterson - The captain only managed to score six runs with the bat, but he bowled well yet again, as his 37 overs only cost 102 runs, whilst producing four wickets.
Logan - James's debut was nothing to write home about. He hit six runs, and he bowled twelve overs that cost forty-four runs and which produced no wickets.
Brooks - His first-innings batting, with fifteen fours, turned the match on its head. Then he took seven wickets, costing 163 runs. Jack is going to be missed.
Coad - Ben ended up with commendable match figures of six wickets, costing 121 runs. His second innings bowling was expensive but his strike rate was quite superb.
Kohler-Cadmore - average: 46; highest score 106; runs - 414
Bairstow - average: 43.83; highest score 95; runs - 263
Coad - average: 16.33; wickets - 48
Patterson - average: 24.75; wickets - 24
Bresnan - average: 27.69; wickets - 35
Brooks - average: 28.04; wickets - 51pqs: qs:
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