IT’S fair to say there has been quite a bit of media interest in our young wicket-keeper Barney Gibson, who became the youngest-ever person to play first-class county cricket when he made his debut against Durham University last week.
Although he’s just 15, he’s quite mature for his age and acts as if he’s about 20. He’s very good with the gloves and was around in pre-season a bit and impressed. When we gave Brophs (Gerard Brophy) and Bluey (Jonathan Bairstow) a rest, we didn’t think it would be too much for him to keep wicket at 15.
He took a couple of good catches and I was pleased for the lad.
I’ve always said from the outset, I don’t pick people on names, but form. However young they are, if they are good enough, they’ll play.
Barney held his own facing an international bowler in Ajmal Shahzad and could be pleased with his efforts.
There were some good individual performances in our CB40 clash with Derbyshire Falcons on Monday, but collectively we were quite poor.
We probably let Derbyshire have 20 or 30 runs too many; 220 was about par on that pitch and they got too many in the final 10 overs. The spinners didn’t quite hit their straps; it was a pitch that took spin, but I thought they bowled a little bit slow.
There was some good stuff in the field, but also some sloppy stuff and that cost us too many runs as well.
I thought we were on course with the bat and keeping the run rate at around seven or eight per over and I felt that if we’d have kept wickets in hand, we would have been okay.
But when we lost Rooty (Joe Root) and soon after Bluey and then me it was always going to be an uphill battle and we kept losing wickets at key times.
We probably lacked a little bit of experience in the middle order. Joe Sayers hasn’t played too much one-day cricket and nor has Rooty or Jonny Bairstow.
When you take your two most experienced players out of the team from last year in Jacques (Rudolph) and Mags (Anthony McGrath), I think it showed that at times you need an old head in there to calm and read the situation properly and we didn’t have that on Monday.
Now it’s on to our four-dayer at Trent Bridge and the good thing is the fixtures are coming thick and fast and the lads haven’t got too much time to get down in the dumps. They have got to remember that we did well at Notts last year when we claimed a famous win.
All the players at Yorkshire wish our president Ray Illingworth well as he recuperates from a heart attack.
I’ve known Ray for quite a few years, with him being around the Bradford League as well and he’s a nice bloke. He always takes time out to talk about cricket and has that passion for the game. As a player, you can just feel that.
Everyone at the club hopes he makes a speedy recovery and we want to see him back in the stand watching us.
Meanwhile, Andy Flower has signed a new deal to remain as England team director and I think he’s done a great job for English cricket.
He’s got the squad together playing a brand of cricket that people want to see and his philosophies on the game are sound.
He and Andrew Strauss seem to have a great relationship.