Yorkshire pledge to go for 50-over glory in 2014 after sorry 2013 40-over campaign (From Gazette & Herald)
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Yorkshire pledge to go for 50-over glory in 2014 after sorry 2013 40-over campaign
Jason Gillespie has assured Yorkshire’s fans that his side will be going all out to win next season’s 50-over competition, which is replacing the existing Yorkshire Bank 40.
The White Rose county have never been in the running to win this summer’s one-day title from the moment they lost to Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay in early May. They have gone on to lose eight out of 11 group ‘C’ fixtures.
It is no surprise they have struggled given their determination to prioritise an LV= County Championship title push, which seems to be paying off at present with them ten points clear in division one with five matches left. And if we end up looking back on Yorkshire’s Championship success of 2013 in ten or 20 years, who will really bother where they finished in the YB40?
“We are certainly looking forward to it,” said Gillespie of next season’s 50-over competition. “I think it’s going to be a bit later in the season from my understanding, and we want to give it a real hot crack. We are really excited about it. We’ll be giving it our very best.
“This year we’ve had to rest and manage a few of our players, especially our bowlers, throughout the 40-over season.
“Next year, my understanding is that it’s going to be blocked off a little bit more. We can really go and work hard to win that tournament. We’re really looking forward to 50-over cricket, which is what they play at international level.”
All-rounder Liam Plunkett is all in favour of a return to 50-over cricket for the first time since 2009.
The 28-year-old has played 29 50-over internationals for England, and he also won the Friends Provident Trophy with Durham in 2007, their first major piece of silverware as a first-class county.
“I’m totally for it,” he said, before going on to talk about the differences between 40 and 50 overs.
“International cricket is 50 overs, and people need to learn their trade here in county cricket so that if they do get selected for England, they know the rules and how to go about the 50-over game. 50 overs means more time for people to get in. I can imagine there being a lot of big scores as well. With players playing Pro40 and Twenty20, it’s created a lot of big hitting.
“It’s the odd little thing like the differences in power plays. It’s also a longer day. It’s another ten overs, and you need to be switched on. You can set you stall out to bat for longer and build bigger partnerships.
“They aren’t huge differences, but I do prefer the 50-over games.”
Yorkshire are back in four-day action against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge on Wednesday for the first time since drawing with Warwickshire at Headingley at the start of the month.
Meanwhile, Gary Ballance finished with 104, Alex Lees 33 and Plunkett one wicket in England Lions’ two-day draw with Australia at Northampton, which finished on Saturday.
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