POLL: Rate Yorkshire's Performance in 2016

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POLL: Rate Yorkshire's Performance in 2016

Joined: December 28th, 2003, 2:48 am

September 24th, 2016, 1:16 am #1

It's that time again - time to rate Yorkshire's overall team performance in ALL FORMATS for the past season.

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Joined: April 18th, 2007, 2:59 pm

September 24th, 2016, 7:56 am #2

For me we were somewhat above expectation primarily because of the better results in white ball cricket. Very pleased with performance and look forward to winning a trophy soon.

County Championship, my favourite, was still very good if not quite of the standard of last year. We all admit our batting was below par but both openers got over 1,000 runs and averaged over 40. Gary Ballance will be a very good number 3 in county cricket if he does not make the Test team. Andrew Gale and Jack Leaning will work and hope for better seasons and this is my biggest wish for 2017 a 1,000 runs for Jack Leaning and average over 40.

My biggest pride in supporting Yorkshire was the team spirit and how they played for each other. Highlight was recovery to beat Nottinghamshire at Scarborough which was marvellous team spirit. Thank you to all the team really enjoyed the summer.
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Joined: October 21st, 2013, 1:37 pm

September 24th, 2016, 8:20 am #3

As my pre season prediction was 3rd or 4th the performance was in line with my expectations. The biggest disappointment was regularly finding ourselves 40 for 4. And of course team England interference in our team selections.
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Joined: May 11th, 2007, 12:12 pm

September 24th, 2016, 8:35 am #4

For me we were somewhat above expectation primarily because of the better results in white ball cricket. Very pleased with performance and look forward to winning a trophy soon.

County Championship, my favourite, was still very good if not quite of the standard of last year. We all admit our batting was below par but both openers got over 1,000 runs and averaged over 40. Gary Ballance will be a very good number 3 in county cricket if he does not make the Test team. Andrew Gale and Jack Leaning will work and hope for better seasons and this is my biggest wish for 2017 a 1,000 runs for Jack Leaning and average over 40.

My biggest pride in supporting Yorkshire was the team spirit and how they played for each other. Highlight was recovery to beat Nottinghamshire at Scarborough which was marvellous team spirit. Thank you to all the team really enjoyed the summer.
Lyth and Lees did well to get the benchmark for a batsman, 1,000+ runs, but does anyone know how many times the opening pair shared a century partnership during the season? If, as I suspect not very often, then that could do with working on for next summer.

I too hope Leaning can progress to 1,000+ runs next year but wonder if him and Ballance should switch in the order, Leaning 3, Ballance 5. I could be wrong with this but haven't both in the past done better in those positions in the batting order? Be a bonus too if Rhodes could develop a bit and maybe nail an all rounders spot at 6. Obviously they'd all have to improve on their 2016 performances for this to happen.
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Joined: August 14th, 2007, 12:51 pm

September 24th, 2016, 8:57 am #5

Just a little below expectations for me.
The team were outstanding, but the top order batting was fragile at key times. Lees and Lyth performed just about as well as expected. Ballance is still looking for his best form. Gale has had a shocker, I'm afraid and Leaning disappointed me. We never really were able to make up for the runs JB scored in 2015.
The seam bowling fell just a little below the heights achieved in 2015. Injury earlier in the season didn't help. Towards the end, Sidebottom,Brooks and Bresnan were wonderful.
The major heart warming event of 2016 was the reincarnation of Azeem Rafiq. A complete surprise to me - and an immense pleasure. He will never be an adequate replacement for Adil Rashid but he is such a keen and astute competitor. The major disappointment was the complete absence of Fisher. We'll never know what difference he might have made earlier in the season when Bresnan, Sidebottom and Brooks were injured.
Adil Rashid is a crucial player for Yorkshire. We would all be very unwise to make him feel unwelcome or unloved at Yorkshire. Gale remains an important component to the side. He has had an awful season and another such would probably convince me he should call it a day; however I would expect 2017 to be a better season for him and, with the departure of Gillespie, continuity makes it doubly desirable that he remain in post as Captain.
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Joined: August 20th, 2013, 11:26 am

September 24th, 2016, 8:57 am #6

Lyth and Lees did well to get the benchmark for a batsman, 1,000+ runs, but does anyone know how many times the opening pair shared a century partnership during the season? If, as I suspect not very often, then that could do with working on for next summer.

I too hope Leaning can progress to 1,000+ runs next year but wonder if him and Ballance should switch in the order, Leaning 3, Ballance 5. I could be wrong with this but haven't both in the past done better in those positions in the batting order? Be a bonus too if Rhodes could develop a bit and maybe nail an all rounders spot at 6. Obviously they'd all have to improve on their 2016 performances for this to happen.
My pre-season prediction was second or third in the CC due to England call ups, so just about as expected there. I also predicted an improvement in white-ball cricket, which after the first few matches in both formats, was not looking as if it would be the case, but by the end of the season, we were about where I expected us to be.
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Joined: June 4th, 2015, 6:32 pm

September 24th, 2016, 11:13 am #7

Just below expectations but I had a high benchmark of three in a row. The fact that so many things seemed to conspire against us made the end position better than I could have expected with hindsight but still hoped we would overcome anyone and everyone
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Joined: July 9th, 2008, 6:18 pm

September 24th, 2016, 11:28 am #8

Hope and expectation are very different things.

But I think we can be happy - without ever really excelling in the CC, we were still in with a chance until the last hour of the season.

Now to sort the batting...
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Joined: February 10th, 2014, 7:23 pm

September 24th, 2016, 11:43 am #9

"Hope and expectation are very different things."

Sums it up nicely CS. I said the England call ups, particulary JB, would have a great effect and,correspondingly, went for a top 3 finish so, on that basis we met my expectations.

My hope was that the team would proved me wrong and we would be celebrating 3 by now so but for the various well documented reasons, which I am sure will fuel plenty of speculation & debate this winter, logic says that I am in the C camp of 'about what was expected'.

Taking into account the white ball stuff, we saw improvement so I could be in the B camp but, seeing as I did not consider that in my original vote, I have not taken that into consideration.

Funny how getting what I expected feels so disappointing though.

I fully expect next year to be more challenging but hope it's not,
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Joined: November 6th, 2013, 9:50 am

September 24th, 2016, 1:39 pm #10

Among all the criticisms of Andrew Gale's batting form, perhaps it should be remembered that he has been running a benefit year this season. Players often fall below their best when they have this distraction. He should be given another season to ascertain whether his form truly has deserted him.
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