BEN Coad believes Yorkshire are close to claiming some silverware and would love to qualify for next week’s Bob Willis Trophy final to help prove it.

The White Rose new ball seamer admitted he and his team-mates were “gutted” by last week’s defeat against Warwickshire which ended their chances of winning the County Championship title.

It means they now head into today’s final round game against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge (10.30am start) with only a second-placed finish possible.

Currently fifth in Division One behind title challenging quartet Hampshire (58.5 points), Warwickshire (55), Lancashire (54.5) and Notts (52), Coad and co would need other results to go their way to reach the five-day Lord’s final, which starts next Tuesday.

Yorkshire sit on 41.5 points and would need to beat Notts, added to a positive result from the Lancashire and Hampshire game at Liverpool and Somerset beating Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

“We just have to perform,” said Coad. “Hopefully if the other games go our way, we can get into the final and win some silverware.

“I know it’s going to be a hard ask with other games having to go our way. But let’s see.

“We were playing for the title originally. But it’s still going to be the top two teams in the country fighting for some silverware.

“We’d be right up for it.

“It’s a big game on TV, five days. It would be a tough game against whoever we play.”

Coad continued: “We know we haven’t played our best stuff this year. But the last couple of games, the way we’ve performed against some very good sides (Hampshire and Somerset), myself and the rest of the lads had a real feeling we could go all the way this year.

“To fall short the way we did against Warwickshire was really disappointing.

“But we know there’s a lot of good stuff to have come from this year. We can learn from this and go one better next year.

“I think we’re very close to winning something. It’s just winning in these pressure situations.

“We’ve been in two (limited overs) quarter-finals and took it to the last game in the County Championship.

“We’re obviously still a young group and haven’t been in this situation many times. We’ll learn from this and take it forwards.

“The next time we’re in this situation, we can really put our foot down and go and win it.”

Notts slipped from top spot in Division One to fourth with defeat against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl last week and need as many points as possible to give them a chance of bypassing their trio of rivals.

Even then, a 24-point win may not be enough.

Coad, meanwhile, has spoken about his haul of 29 wickets in nine Championship games this season.

He missed three of the first four with a pectoral injury and assessed: “Alright is probably what I’d say. I set some high standards.

“The return I’ve got is actually not that bad.

“I would have liked a few more wickets, but the average is still low (21.82).

“I’ve not quite been at my best this year and can’t put my finger on why. Hopefully next year I can up it again and make a really big contribution for the team.”

Captain Steve Patterson will not play against Notts due to a hamstring injury sustained last week.

But Coad insists the depth in the bowling department is one of the major positives to come from 2021.

“This year, you can see the depth,” he added. “If one person’s got a niggle or isn’t feeling too great, someone can come in and take up that role.

“You saw that with Dave (Willey) at Scarborough and Fish (Matthew Fisher) the week before when Dave wasn’t feeling too well.

“We’ve got the depth now where we can be honest with the coaches. If you aren’t feeling too great, you can rely on others to come in.

“It’s a great team to be a part of, and there’s great strength in depth.”


Gary Ballance

Dom Bess

Harry Brook

Ben Coad

Harry Duke (Wicketkeeper)

Matthew Fisher

Will Fraine

George Hill

Tom Kohler-Cadmore

Adam Lyth

Duanne Olivier

Matthew Revis

Jordan Thompson