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Yorkshire's Ryan Sidebottom sets sights on County Championship title
Ryan Sidebottom has already secured the bragging rights within his family and now has his sights set on completing a memorable season by helping Yorkshire win the LV= County Championship.
The 35-year-old left-arm seamer claimed a seven-wicket match haul to help Yorkshire beat Nottinghamshire by ten wickets on Friday to help establish a significant lead at the top of division one with only four more matches remaining of their 150th anniversary season.
His match haul also took him to 597 first-class victims, one more than the career total of dad Arnie, who played for Yorkshire from 1973 to 1991, and underlined Ryan’s enduring effectiveness even in the autumn stages of his career.
But rather than simply settle for becoming the most successful Sidebottom to ever play first-class cricket, he is determined to go well beyond his current total as he enjoys being the senior member of Yorkshire’s outstanding seam bowling team containing Jack Brooks, Steve Patterson and Liam Plunkett under the guidance of head coach Jason Gillespie.
“I’m enjoying being consistent and contributing to the team effort,” said Sidebottom. “As a bowling unit this year we’ve been outstanding. Adil Rashid has come in when we’ve needed him and bowled really well for us, so the five-pronged attack has been really great.
“We’ve got four games to go and we’re in a really good position, but we’re not taking it lightly. We’ve kept everything really simple and ever since Dizzy (Gillespie) has come in we’ve just enjoyed each other’s successes and gone out and played with a smile on our faces.
“I’d love to reach 700 first-class wickets before I finish, but I don’t know if that will be achievable. It would be a nice little swansong and I’m enjoying my cricket. Dizzy has looked after me at times this season, resting me for a lot of the YB40 games and I had last week off with the family.”
Sidebottom will be given another match off today as Yorkshire complete a dismal YB40 campaign when they chase only their fourth win in this competition and have rested many of their key players for Wednesday’s crunch Championship match with Durham at Scarborough, when victory could virtually rule their opponents out of the title race.
Richard Pyrah will captain another young squad that includes 18-year-old Harrogate batsman Jonathan Tattersall, an England under-19 international, who they want to test at first team level. The squad includes overseas batsman Kane Williamson, who will want some batting practice after his first ball duck at Trent Bridge.
Yorkshire squad (v Glamorgan): Tattersall, Hodgson (wkt), Lees, Williamson, Lyth, Leaning, Robinson, Rhodes, Pyrah (capt), Coad, Wardlaw, Ashraf.
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