Think on, York­shire – it’s a lot bleaker over in Lan­cashire

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - SPORT -

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.

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