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Yorkshire look to bounce back from County Championship defeat
Chief executive Mark Arthur has no doubt Yorkshire’s title chasing team will bounce back from last week’s damaging LV= County Championship defeat against Durham at Scarborough, insisting even the very best are liable to a blip.
A seven-wicket defeat, only their second since the latter stages of the 2010 season, has allowed Durham to take the initiative in the race for silverware.
After winning at Scarborough, they were five and a half points behind with four matches to play, one more than Yorkshire. By beating Sussex in three days yesterday, they have converted that into a 14½-point lead with three matches to play.
Yorkshire travel to Hove to face Sussex, who are now out of contention, on Wednesday.
Said Arthur: “Just because you have one defeat – Manchester United won the Premier League last year, and whenever they have a defeat, you see them bounce back. We’re expecting our boys to bounce back.
“We’re all going to have bad days at the office. That particular match, the bowling wasn’t as consistent as it has been for the last couple of years and the batting, which was one of the strongest line-ups we’ve had apart from Joe Root, the same.
“There are times when you have to give credit to the opposition, and Durham played particularly well. They were very disciplined with their bowling, and three guys got hundreds.
“Sometimes in life, it is easier playing catch-up. Sometimes when you’re the team in second place, it is easier than being out in front looking over your shoulder.”
Arthur, who arrived at Headingley in April having left Nottingham Forest FC, has been delighted with what he has seen on the pitch.
“I think you have to go back a couple of years to when the club were relegated and the wholesale changes were made here,” he added. “Colin Graves, the board and Martyn Moxon changed things round and started again.
“They put strong foundations down while they were in division two. From a difficult season from a weather perspective, they managed to get over the line.
“Having got promotion last year, Yorkshire hoped to be competitive this year, and they have been.
“One of the big telling factors has been the dressing room is a complete team unit. They are going about their business in a thoroughly sensible and competitive way. It’s great.”
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