Hampshire v Yorkshire CCC: Ottis Gibson and White Rose must switch gears to keep County Championship title alive


In the case of Yorkshire, that comes as we speak.

Last night the team were in action against Warwickshire at Edgbaston in the T20 Blast.

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Ottis Gibson: Yorkshire manager as perplexed as anyone when scheduling fixtures. (Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWPix.com)

On Friday, Yorkshire travel to Chester-le-Street for a T20 match against Durham and, less than 24 hours later, play another T20 against Derbyshire at Chesterfield.

According to my trusty AA route planner (other route planners are available), the journey from Headingley to Edgbaston, then straight to Southampton and back home, followed by journeys to and from Chester-le- Street and Chesterfield, is 800 miles, give or take.

Considering gas prices have skyrocketed and hotel stays aren’t exactly cheap, that’s not good news for onlookers either.

From a cricketing perspective, this league match takes place in the middle of a 14-game series in the T20 Blast, an incongruous match pushed into slog-fest.

Steve Patterson will return to lead Yorkshire at Hampshire (Picture: Allan McKenzie/SWPix.com)

Of course, the match planners had nowhere to put this round of league fixtures, so it’s the equivalent of interrupting a month of five-a-side football to play a 90-minute game. Ottis Gibson, the head coach of Yorkshire, is the man in charge of juggling the various demands.

The former West Indies fast bowler has made no secret of his distaste for a schedule which has seen his side play their first six league games in as many weeks, increasing injury risk for bowlers, and the current situation is not not much better.

“The timing is not ideal,” he said.

“After staying in Birmingham (Friday night) we are going straight to Southampton and trying to train, but we still have to try to give some of the guys who have played and so on a break to try to prepare for. sunday.

George Hill will return to the Yorkshire account (Picture: John Heald)

“It’s a difficult balance, and if the game ends at the last (in Hampshire), we could come back at 2am on the 16th (Thursday) and then we play on the 17th (in Durham). That’s certainly something something that needs to be looked into.”

Yorkshire head to Southampton after an unbeaten start in the four-day competition.

They are third in the Premier League after winning their opening game in Gloucestershire then went on to successive draws against Northamptonshire (A), Kent (H), Essex (A), Lancashire (H ) and Warwickshire (H).

Gibson’s men are 15 points behind leaders Surrey, who have won three and lost three, and 12 points behind this week’s second-ranked opponents, who come into the game with a record four wins to go with a draw and a loss.

Those just 12 points separate a team that has won four games and a Yorkshire team that has won one also highlights another of the pitfalls of the tournament – ​​a points system that over-rewards the draw.

“I’m happy with our performance so far and we’ve done a lot of good things,” Gibson said.

“In the championship, if we had taken our catches, we would be much better off than at present.

“We’re third in the table and we’ve only had one win, and that also shows how hard we’ve played throughout.

“We came close to more wins without being able to cross the line, and that was what made the difference and something we can hopefully be better at.”

Despite the focus on the T20 of late, Championship pundits such as Yorkshire captain Steve Patterson have delivered a few overs after a well-deserved break to refresh their legs.

After this week, Yorkshire’s next league game will not come until they host Surrey at Scarborough on July 11; this match starts after the week of the T20 quarter-finals and should end two days before the day of the T20 finals.

“We worked with the red ball guys last week, so Patto, for example, and George Hill…those guys practiced,” Gibson said.

“Hopefully we can start and put on a good performance at Southampton.”

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