Yorkshire v Sussex, Headingley, 4th day April 13, 2013

Gillespie bemoans inadequate Yorkshire display

Paul Edwards

Sussex 356 (Brown 93, Joyce 92, Nash 80) beat Yorkshire 96 (Jordan 6-48) and 248 (Ballance 63, Jaques 57, Magoffin 5-51) by an innings and 12 runs

The last rites were quickly administered at but the funeral may last a week or so. The faithful Yorkshire supporters who turn up for matches at Headingley much as Roman Catholics go to church on days of obligation had only a 25-minute service to attend on the fourth morning of this match.

Wickets for Chris Jordan and Steve Magoffin sealed Yorkshire's fate and sent Andrew Gale's side down to their first four-day defeat in 19 matches, a run which stretches back to 2011. Gary Ballance played with the assured competence which suggests that he should be batting higher than No 6 in the order but apart from that there was little to cheer the Leeds crowd on a sunny April morning.

Inevitably the "sack the lot" faction will be in good voice - they normally are on both side of the Pennines - but the challenge for Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie will be isolate the areas which need improvement without engaging in major surgery so early in the season. It is also important to recognise the many excellent qualities possessed by Ed Joyce's team and this was something which Gillespie was quick to do.

"Sussex batted better than us and they bowled better than us and when that happens you tend to go down in games," he said. "It is very disappointing.

"To get bowled out for 96 is unacceptable," he added, referring to Yorkshire's supine first-innings display. "We all acknowledge that and we've had a couple of really good chats as a team. The batters put their hand up and said it wasn't good enough. We have to find a way not just to survive but to thrive out there and score runs. We just didn't execute our shots the way we should have. There's no excuse really."

Yorkshire now have a Roses friendly - if such a thing exists before tough undertaking away to Durham in their next Division One game, a match where the batsmen are likely to undergo another fierce examination.

Gillespie's frank comments may be well received by Yorkshire supporters who have little patience with cliché-mongers. They will not have wanted their coach to hide behind platitudes in his explanation of why the White Rose failed to perform in their first competitive match of the 2013 season.

"It's far too early to make too many comparisons between Division One and Division Two," he said. "But we knew from the start of the season that the standard of cricket was gong to be very good and that it was going to challenge us. It challenged us here and we weren't up to it. We've got to find a way to turn that around.

"We're not going to be making wholesale changes, but we will be looking at our batting order and seeing how we can best utilise it. At the moment we're very comfortable with Gary Ballance batting at six. Andrew Gale has missed out this game and he's as disappointed as anyone but his form in pre-season has been excellent. He's hitting the ball very well."

"From a bowling point of view we bowled four good balls and then we bowled a bad ball. Not putting a score on the board led to the bowlers searching for wickets and we learned that if we stray away from our game plan a little bit we can get punished."

Gillespie's comments were backed up by Yorkshire's No 3 Phil Jaques, whose determined 57 in the second innings was one of the bright spots of an otherwise dismal, technically-deficient performance by Gale's side

"Sussex showed the way to bowl on this wicket and they were relentless in the first innings. They were just at us all the time," said Jaques. "We were just not good enough plain and simple on the first day. But I think we are good enough to handle the First Division and I don't think you should read too much into the first game of the season.

"We've shown that we can play some good cricket in the past and I'm sure we've got another 10 or 20% of improvement in us. The more we can get out there and play, the better we're going to be. We showed that we needed more practice on this sort of wickets. These early-season wicket will be different to any you're going to play on in the rest of the season."

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  • Simon on April 15, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    25 minutes into the final day with a lot fo time lost to weather.

    Good old Sussex by the sea...

  • Axel on April 15, 2013, 2:42 GMT

    @Herbet - Totally agree. A Jaques / Rogers opening combination would be far superior to Cowan / Warner, especially in England - Jaques was one of the best batsmen in Australia until he hurt his back and then when he recovered he found the NSW state side had Warner / Katich / Hughes / Watson all wanting to open and for some reason the selectors thought Warner and Hughes were the future and Jaques was somehow passed his used-by-date. He had no choice but to leave Australia and use his passport to earn some money. He and Chris Rogers are still the best two openers for English conditions that Australia have, but I doubt we'll see them in the Ashes as they don't fit the "All 3 Formats" model that selectors are now demanding

  • Bryan on April 14, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    Herbet - Phil Jaques has retired from first clkass cricket in Australia. He is playing for Yorkshire as a local player as he has a British passport. He would not be allowed to play on this qualification if he was still active outsdie England.

  • david on April 14, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    gods its the 1st game of the season give the guys a chance, and this from a red rose supporter

  • Khalil on April 14, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    Yorkshire was sucha great side not so long ago. Why have they started playing so badly all of a sudden and why aren't they palying Adil? To give away 356 runs there must something seriusoly wrong in the bowling dept.

  • Richard on April 14, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    Can someone explain why Phil Jaques (Test Av. 47) is never in conversations to do with who should be selected for Australia's brittle and short on experience test batting line up?

  • Jackie on April 14, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    I'm amazed by the response of the Yorkshire fans and the tone of this report. It is the first game of the season!! Why on earth would you start panicking? Durham were bowled out in their second innings for 90 odd but they fought back and won a very exciting contest yesterday taking 8 wickets after Somerset were 130 for 2. You have just got to keep fighting. Colly as Durham captain has this quality and it really shows. Once Onions had got the breakthrough with the first wicket of the morning, they put Somerset under real pressure. To criticise Yorkshire so dramatically seems absurd after one game.

  • Dummy4 on April 14, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    Rashid? Because he doesn't get any runs or wickets.

  • Nilantha on April 13, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    we need to invest in a world class bstsman as a professional. someine that the others can build around...

  • j on April 13, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    Simply Awesome from Sussex, wrapping up a victory that was deservedly theirs. Chris Jordan is a real talent and could be in the England squad in a couple of years.

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