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Yorkshire will never say never in title race
Gary Ballance column
The championship’s not done and dusted yet. If we get two wins in the next two games and Durham slip up, we could still end up winning it, so we’ll never say never.
Having said that, it really was a very disappointing last day for us at Sussex. We tried to set up a game as, in the scheme of things, we had to win.
Durham have got some very good bowlers and they obviously bowled well to get a win at Derby. That’s disappointing for us but we can’t do anything about that now.
That’s the way it goes sometimes. We have two more games from which hopefully we can get two more wins.
I thought we played well at Hove. We bowled well on the first day, then got ourselves a bit of a first-innings lead. But we can’t control the weather. It was just disappointing that bad light and rain interrupted a lot of the game.
On the final morning the captains had a chat to set something up because everyone knew that there was a bit of weather around. So it was definitely a sensible option for both sides to try and force a result.
I thought Adam Lyth played well. He got a 90 a few weeks ago against Notts and 93 this time, sharing a good partnership with Kane Williamson.
He’ll be disappointed that he didn’t get three figures but he helped to put us in a strong position. If it hadn’t been for the rain, we would have been in with a good chance of winning.
Because of the need to set up a game, there was a bit of declaration bowling going on during the last day. Galey thought he’d give me a go. It came out all right and it would have been nice to get a wicket.
I bowled a lot through the age groups and it would be nice if I could develop my bowling to be used in some games one day. But it’s quite hard to be a part-time leg spinner. I’ll keep working on it though.