Yorkshire will be giving new 50-over competition 'a real hot crack' (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Yorkshire will be giving new 50-over competition 'a real hot crack'
Jason Gillespie has assured Yorkshire’s fans that his side will be going all out to win next season’s 50-over competition, which is replacing the existing Yorkshire Bank 40.
The White Rose county have never been in the running to win this summer’s one-day title from the moment they lost to Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay in early May. They have gone on to lose eight out of 11 Group C fixtures.
It is no surprise they have struggled given their determination to prioritise an LV= County Championship title push, which seems to be paying off at present with them ten points clear in Division One with five matches left.
“We are certainly looking forward to it,” said Gillespie of next season’s 50-over competition. “I think it’s going to be a bit later in the season from my understanding, and we want to give it a real hot crack.
"We are really excited about it. We’ll be giving it our very best. This year we’ve had to rest and manage a few of our players, especially our bowlers, throughout the 40-over season.
“Next year, my understanding is that it’s going to be blocked off a little bit more. We can really go and work hard to win that tournament.”
All-rounder Liam Plunkett is all in favour of a return to 50-over cricket for the first time since 2009.
The 28-year-old has played 29 50-over internationals for England, and he also won the Friends Provident Trophy with Durham in 2007, their first major piece of silverware as a first-class county.
“I’m totally for it,” he said. “International cricket is 50 overs, and people need to learn their trade here in county cricket so that if they do get selected for England, they know the rules and how to go about the 50-over game.
"Fifty overs means more time for people to get in. I can imagine there being a lot of big scores. With players playing Pro40 and Twenty20, it’s created a lot of big hitting.
“They aren’t huge differences, but I do prefer the 50-over games.”
Yorkshire are back in four-day action against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge on Wednesday for the first time since drawing with Warwickshire at Headingley at the start of the month..
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