Ryan Sidebottom marks new Yorkshire contract agreement in style against Middlesex (From Gazette & Herald)
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Ryan Sidebottom marks new Yorkshire contract agreement in style against Middlesex
Ryan Sidebottom has committed himself to Yorkshire for the remainder of his career after extending his deal until 2015 – having spearheaded their fightback to secure second place in LV= Division One.
As news reached Headingley of Durham’s imminent title celebrations, Yorkshire recovered from being dismissed for 210 to bowl Middlesex, their nearest challengers for the £235,000 runners-up prize, out for 128, with Sidebottom marking his new contract by claiming 4-27.
The new deal will keep 35-year-old Sidebottom with Yorkshire until the end of his career and Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire’s director of cricket, is delighted he will remain at the club to pass on his experience to the younger players.
“Ryan has been an exceptional, consistent performer again this season and we hope he will play as long as it is physically possible for him to do so,” said Moxon.
“He brings so much to the dressing room. He still remains one of our most consistent performers and his experience is second to none.
“We want him to mentor our young bowlers and pass on his wisdom.
“He is keen to play as long as he can. Hopefully he’ll be ready and able beyond a couple of years.
“It is difficult with a fast bowler to know how long they can go on, but with Ryan he is like a fine red wine and he seems to be getting better and better with age.
“We are looking after him and managing his workload, which has added to his ability to be successful in Championship cricket.”
Sidebottom’s influence was important on a day when Yorkshire learned their title dream was almost over but knew they had to avoid defeat against Middlesex if they were to pip them to the runners-up spot and claim their highest finishing position since winning the title in 2001.
The second day began badly with Yorkshire losing five wickets for 88 runs in the morning session and only Kane Williamson, their New Zealand overseas player, mastering the swing-friendly conditions after spending four hours at the crease to score his 52.
Middlesex fared little better than Yorkshire in their reply with Steve Patterson claiming their first three wickets in an outstanding new ball spell before Sidebottom took over to accelerate their collapse after they lost seven wickets for 42 runs in only 13.5 overs.
That collapse marked a particular landmark for Jonny Bairstow, who claimed six catches in the innings as wicketkeeper, only one short of the Yorkshire record held by his late father David, who claimed seven against Derbyshire at Scarborough in 1982.
Middlesex’s demise also earned Yorkshire an 82-run first-innings lead, which was increased after they reached four without loss by the close and underlined their desire to finish the season on a high despite their obvious title disappointment.
“Even if Durham seal the championship, there is still second place to play for,” said Patterson.
“We have to make sure we get a decent result out of this and then we will guarantee it. If we can’t get first then we want second and we want to finish as high as we can.”
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