Tuesday 8 May 2007 

Yorkshire Preview Ahead Of Worcestershire Match

Yorkshire look to get back to winning ways after being denied their third straight win of the LV County Championship season, instead having to settle for a draw against Hampshire. Darren Gough’s men will face Worcestershire at the Headingley Carnegie Cricket Ground in the four day match which commences on 9th May.

Younus Khan has 366 Championship runs at an average of 91.50 after his century and double century against Hampshire last week

TEAM NEWS

C White (13)
J Sayers (22)
A McGrath (10)
Y Khan (75)
J Rudolph (24)
G Brophy (20) Wkt
A Rashid (3)
T Bresnan (16)
D Gough (9) Capt
J Gillespie (44)
M Hoggard (14)

MATCH PREVIEW

Worcestershire prop up the Division 1 table with two defeats from two matches. The Black Pears, who have ex-Yorkshire man Phil Jaques as an overseas player, gained promotion last summer after winning half their matches, but have struggled so far in 2007.

Their first game was a humbling defeat by Durham, who Yorkshire beat inside three days at the end of April. Worcestershire crumbled to 191 all out in their first innings with Durham’s three pronged pace attack of Steve Harmison, Graham Onions and Otis Gibson taking three wickets each.

In Worcestershire’s second match against new leaders Warwickshire they could not capitalise after a good start with the ball. Warwickshire recovered from being 2 down with 3 runs on the board to finish on 610 for 6 declared. That lacklustre bowling performance was followed by a brittle response with the bat - Worcestershire only managing 288 and then following on with a meagre 209.

Despite the slow start to the season Worcestershire have a useful team including a number of England's nearly-men. Yorkshire fans will recognise the names of captain Vikram Solanki, Kabir Ali and the Yorkshire-grown Gareth Batty, as well as the evergreen Graeme Hick who played 14 matches last year and finished with his county’s second highest batting average of 49. The 40-year-old top scored in the defeat to Warwickshire with 91.

However Yorkshire fans will be most familiar with Australian opener Phil Jaques. The left hander spent two successful seasons with the White Rose before making way for Darren Lehmann’s return. Since Jaques departure from Headingly Carnegie he has forced his way into the Australia squad, earning himself a central contract. Last season his average of 88 was the second highest in the country, of batsmen playing at least 4 matches. He has started this season with a 97 against Durham and a century in the Black Pears last one-day match against Nottinghamshire.

Another player Yorkshire will have to be wary of is former England prospect Kabir Ali who has started the season brightly. The 26-year-old right-arm quick bowler has already taken 22 wickets and has looked dangerous with the new ball. He may be even more effective at an overcast Headingly, which in its last match suited Matthew Hoggard and Steve Harmison.

With Michael Vaughan suffering a broken finger at the Rose Bowl, Craig White’s return to open the batting is likely to be the only change from the team that drew against Hampshire. Deon Kruis is still out with a hamstring strain.

What has pleased Yorkshire fans this season is the spread of individual success through an obviously determined side. In recent years the side has depended upon two or three players for the majority of runs and wickets. This time around it has been much more of a team game, so far.

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