Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie admitted his players had paid the price for their poor bowling yesterday evening after Middlesex completed an astonishing seven-wicket defeat of Joe Root’s team this afternoon.
Led by skipper Chris Rogers, who made a quite brilliant 241 not out, the home side made 472-3 to wrap up what was the County Championship’s third-highest successful run chase in comfort.
But Gillespie conceded that the seeds of Middlesex’s epic victory had been sown by his own bowlers’ deficiencies.
“It’s very simple, we just weren’t disciplined with our lines and lengths on Tuesday evening and that’s something we pride ourselves on,” he said.
“There were far too many half-volleys and far too many short and wide deliveries. I’m hoping that our bowlers will take stock and learn from it. Today they were much better.”
Gillespie’s criticisms of his attack are perfectly valid but what was most remarkable about today’s cricket was the ease with which Rogers and his colleagues accomplished their task.
The two wickets taken by Yorkshire’s bowlers seemed little more than minor interruptions. Resuming on 230-1, Middlesex lost Dawid Malan lbw to Ryan Sidebottom for 35 and Eoin Morgan, who was caught at slip for 27 by Adam Lyth off Kane Williamson.
Neil Dexter then joined Rogers and made 72 not out in an unbroken stand of 145 for the fourth wicket as the game ended in a flurry of boundaries.
Yet even when Yorkshire players have learned the hard lessons from this defeat, they will surely acknowledge the quality of Rogers’ innings.
Middlesex managing director of cricket Angus Fraser said he could not recall a better innings from one of his county’s batsmen and Gillespie broadly concurred in that assessment.
He said: “It was a fantastic knock and sometimes you have to take your hat off to the opposition.”