Think on, Yorkshire – it’s a lot bleaker over in Lancashire
THERE’S something about Yorkshire cricket that makes it no surprise to a Lancastrian to read of discontent in the White Rose county after a disappointing season in which the threat of relegation was banished only very late on.
Yes, a county with Yorkshire’s heritage should be doing better. Yes, it must be disturbing to see talented players under-perform. And yes, it is surely questionable that Adil Rashid has been retained for 2019 after dictating the terms of his appearances for Yorkshire this summer.
But look westwards and you’ll find what is surely an illuminating perspective. Lancashire, a county equally proud of its place in English cricket, will play in the lower division of the County Championship next year after relegation was confirmed last week and everyone linked to the Red Rose surely has rather more to worry about.
What made it worse for us Lancastrians is that our descent into the shadows had more or less been guaranteed by defeat earlier this month in the Roses match at Headingley.
County cricket will be much the poorer for the absence of Roses encounters next year.
So take solace Yorkshire supporters – things could be much worse. SEE YOU IN 2020:
And remember, if Yorkshire and Lancashire meet again in 2020, it’s far more likely to be after promotion back for Lancashire than the humiliation of relegation for Yorkshire. IT is good that Tiger Woods won his first tournament since his comeback.
Tiger brought a lot of new fans to the sport of golf, which has struggled to get public attention as of late, not helped by its absence from terrestrial television. Tiger’s return has been the shot in the arm golf needed. I am not a contributor to the White Rose Post Forum but I am a regular reader and in view of the opinions expressed re Jeet Raval (signed by Yorkshire as a replacement for the departing Test star Kane Williamson) it may be of interest to note the following:
Having looked up Wisden, in season 2013-2014 in New Zealand domestic cricket he averaged 40.17 with three centuries and, in 2015-2016, he averaged 59.76 with four centuries. So he has ability but has not shown it in his Yorkshire career to date.
There will be no Roses County Championship cricket in 2019 after Lancashire’s relegation from Division One.