Come On You Tykes
Debacle In Scarborough
By Gary Watton
August 6 2017

One has to feel sorry for the Scarborough faithful and also have some sympathy for Leaning and Lyth and Coad because this was an abject two-day defeat at the hands of a team that was in a lower league only last year. Tragically, Yorkshire's pitiful batting has descended from bad to worse, and one is running out of scornful adjectives that could be ascribed to the Tykes when it comes to run-scoring. Suffice to say that the Vikings bat considerably better in twenty overs than the first eleven do in the longer version - itself a telling story. One wonders whether the white rose decline will reach the destination of Division Two come the end of September. It's starting to look that way! Depressingly, Yorkshire will almost certainly have to soldier on with their misfiring puddings, as adequate reinforcements are decidedly thin on the ground.

YORKSHIRE versus Essex; in Scarborough; Sunday the sixth to Monday the seventh of August; Essex chose to bat.

YORKSHIRE first innings: 113 (Lyth 68; Amir 5-18, Porter 3-44)

Essex first innings: 231 (ten Doeschate 88; Coad 3-36, Brooks 3-89)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 150 (Leaning 70; Amir 5-54, Porter 4-41)

Essex second innings: 34 for two


Essex win by eight wickets. YORKSHIRE three points, Essex twenty points.


Lyth - The England international at least rescued the first innings from a complete humiliation. However, he failed to trouble the scorer second time around.

Lees - Dismissed for a pair by Amir, from a total of thirteen balls at the crease, Alex Lees is just a total disaster zone. His career has taken a complete nosedive.

Brook - His early promise has quickly evaporated. Scores of four and nine (dismissed twice by Porter) are just not going to cut it for any number three batsman.

Kohler-Cadmore - TKC has been an abject failure for his new county, with pitiable scores of four and thirteen. He was another who fell twice to the lethal Amir.

Leaning - He redeemed himself after a miserable one in the first innings. Jack is another who really has not progressed much under the county's coaching staff.

Bresnan - The stand-in captain appears to be in charge of a sinking ship. His own batting contributions, a pair to be precise, are doing little to reverse the demise.

Rashid - His twelve was the second-best effort in the first innings, but he too obtained a duck egg second time around. His bowling was as irrelevant as his batting.

Hodd - Scores of five and six were par for the course in this shambles. He weighed in with three catches, but that was scant consolation in a poor performance.

Brooks - Although Brooksy managed to take four wickets, they cost 115 runs from twenty-two overs. He is now way too expensive and fast becoming a liability.

Coad - Ben did nothing wrong. He bowled fifteen overs which only yielded 36 runs, taking three wickets. He even outscored many of his team mates with the bat.

Sidebottom - At least Ryan escaped unbeaten in each innings. However, two tail-end wickets at a cost of 64 runs was distinctly mediocre by his own high standards.


BATSMEN 'CHART' (minimum requirement: one hundred runs and average in excess of forty):

Ballance: average - 101.88; 815 runs; highest score - 203*


BOWLERS' 'CHART' (minimum requirement: ten wickets and average less than forty):

Coad: average - 18.19; forty-two wickets; best bowling - six for 25

Sidebottom: average - 18.52; 21 wickets; best bowling - five for fifty-six

Bresnan: average - 29.91; twenty-two wickets; best bowling - four for fifty-three

Patterson: average - 39.36; eleven wickets; best bowling - three for 28