County take advantage of Yorkshire’s sloppiness

Lee Daggett was the pick of the County attack

Lee Daggett was the pick of the County attack

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If you are a visitor to the ECB website, you will know that highlights of each day’s play in the County Championship are available.

But I’d be prepared to bet some good money that the Yorkshire batting line-up won’t be making a beeline for the laptops this evening having squandered a position of some authority on day one of their encounter with Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.

By all accounts the Tykes’ coach, Jason Gillespie, doesn’t have a particularly demonstrative style but what he witnessed from his charges in the opening skirmishes may have sorely tempted him to change tack.

At 148-2 in the 54th over, with County old boy Phil Jaques going along quite nicely, they looked to be on course for a substantial total after winning the toss.

Add to the mix a depleted attack denied the talents of Jack Brooks and Chaminda Vaas and you had all the ingredients for an uphill struggle but momentum turns on single incidents and the senseless run out of Jaques completely changed the complexion of the day.

There are numerous adjectives that could be used to sum up what followed, most of them unprintable, so careless will have to suffice.

Of their top order, only Adam Lyth and Jaques could really be excused, the former receiving a sharply lifting delivery from David Willey and the latter seeing Lee Daggett hit directly from mid-off after Andrew Gale had called him through.

The rest contributed substantially to their own demise and to lose eight wickets for the princely sum of 101 will have had Gillespie making thorough use of the red pen on his report card.

Joe Root wafted at a wide one, Gale chipped back a return catch the over after running out his colleague, Jonny Bairstow played across the line, Richard Pyrah spliced an attempted pull, Gary Ballance miscued a pull to mid-on and Adil Rashid drove to mid-on.

On a pitch that barely misbehaved, the odd bit of inconsistent bounce notwithstanding, this constituted a pretty dismal effort.

That isn’t to take away any credit from the home attack who stuck gamely to their task but they didn’t have to do anything out of the ordinary to earn their rewards.

Lee Daggett was the pick, following up his decisive intervention in the field with three wickets either side of the tea interval, but there were no weak links on a day where the attritional approach won out over the gung-ho one.

So that’s one part of the job done. The second will be to ensure that the effort with the ball is built on by the one with the bat.