IT was a fantastic win for Yorkshire against Nottinghamshire at Headingley this week and a big win for us in the context of the County Championship as well.
Going into the game, there was a lot of pressure on us to keep up with Durham. Notts are also a tricky team and on their day, they are very attack-minded and luckily enough for us, it was a good toss to win.
It was a typical Headingley day with overcast conditions and it was slightly damp and after deciding to bowl, the lads put the ball in good areas and we managed to bowl them out cheaply in the first innings.
In the whole game, we were pretty faultless. We bowled well in the first innings and batting-wise, after being a little bit shaky to start with, the partnership between me and Jack Leaning set things up.
In the second innings, we put the ball into good areas again and bowled that good attacking length and the lads got their rewards. The catching was awesome as well.
Bresy contributed with bat and ball again, as he has done all season which has been brilliant for him.
Having Ryan (Sidebottom) back for us is also massive; he’s a great new-ball bowler and it is like having a new signing back – for him to go in nearly halfway through the season.
He’s like a Rolls Royce and we just wheel him out.
Personally, I was delighted with my century. I seem to like to play against Notts and someone said that I have scored over a thousand runs against them in my career. There were a few comments from their lads who were saying that I always seem to get runs against them.
You tend to have teams who you score against like that. I tend not to score any runs against Sussex for instance, but always seem to score against Notts.
I was pleased with my contribution. I have felt in good form for the last three or four weeks without making a big contribution in the Championship and I have just trusted my processes.
I felt in really good form and Twenty20 has been good for me as well. I felt in good form in that and in the Championship, I have had a few 20s and 30s over the last few games and maybe paid the price for a lack of concentration in trying to think I was dominating the bowlers too much.
I wanted to make sure that when I got to 20 or 30 that I wouldn’t waste it. As soon as I got to 20 against Notts, I felt I was on for a big one and wanted to cash in.
My partnership with Jack was fantastic. For such a young lad, Jack is so calm and collected and he was against an international attack in Hilfenhaus and Broad as well. He’s gone from strength to strength.
The partnership is right up there with the best I have been involved in. Gary Ballance and I have had a couple of big partnerships in the past together and this one was important in the context of the innings as well.
I wanted to get a double hundred, I must say, and you do not get many opportunities for a double and I felt I was on.
When the chances come along, you have got to take them and I felt I could, going into that third game if I got it right in the morning. But that first hour is always tricky at Headingley and with the new ball, it is tough.
I wanted to get stuck in. I didn’t get the best decision to get out, but I would take 148 every day in the week.
The win has set everything up now for the County Championship clash at Durham, which starts tomorrow.
I want us to go there and be fearless really. Durham are a good side and find a way of winning and what I don’t want is a repeat of 2013 when we went there and were caught in headlights.
I want us to go there and hammer our processes and do what we have done all season. We know if we play the cricket that we can do, that the result will take care of itself.
After the Notts win, we didn’t really talk about going forward. We just spoke about how well we have performed and the reasons why we have performed so well in the Notts game.
We enjoyed the moment. We know what we have got to do and we are an experienced team and know how to win four-day games and the processes we have to go through to win them.
It’s just a case of doing that as much as we can.