Yorkshire’s youngsters can step up to Royal London task
From: Charlie Hampson, Churwell, West Yorkshire
IT’S been such a joy to watch Yorkshire’s Royal London Cup games this season and their ability to win their last four games – when the pressure was really on – in order to qualify for the knockout stages has been something to behold.
Now, however, comes the hard work with our English contingent unavailable for the remainder of the competition due to the ODI encounters with Australia.
I for one, though, have full faith in the youngsters we have in our ranks who are going to have to step up to the mark in order to keep our one-day hopes going.
Players like Matt Fisher and Jonny Tattersall showed in that win over Northamptonshire at Headingley on Thursday that, once again, the future is bright for our county’s cricket if we continue to put faith in the talent we regularly produce.
From: Tony Barker, Glasshoughton, Yorkshire
IT was nice to see Castleford Tigers prove the commentators wrong on Friday night.
Before their match at Warrington, the Sky Sports team mentioned on numerous occasions about the Wolves being ‘hot favourites’ for the match and ‘depleted’ Castleford would have their work cut out to match their in-form opponents. With Paul McShane and Greg Eden pulling out before the warm-up on top of a huge injury list, it was certainly a challenge for Daryl Powell’s men, but they looked the part from minute one and gave Warrington plenty to think about.
Indeed, it was one of the best team performances I can remember and what you can always guarantee with Cas is that they will never stop battling, even if half the team is injured.
Just look back to couple of years ago when they were decimated by injuries and still finished fifth. Sky Sports commentators take note.
From: Tim Mickleburgh, Grimsby
SO an interesting Test series against Pakistan is cut off in its prime, with fans begging for a decider.
It really is an insult to give the tourists just two Tests, and then have the Australians along for ODIs only. Surely the five-day game must take priority?
From: Spencer Tillbrook, Huddersfield
NO DOUBT between now and the start of the US Open we will hear plenty of comments along the lines of ‘Would anyone begrudge Phil Mickelson a victory to complete the career grand slam?’
To which I would reply: “Yes, me.”
Okay, begrudge might be too strong a term, but for the sake of Europe’s Ryder Cup hopes I would like to see a European winner not just of the US Open, but also the Open and the US PGA.
It would send out a message that not only do we have every intention of reclaiming the trophy, but we have the quality in our side, too.
Don’t bet against it happening either with Rose, Rahm, McIlroy, Fleetwood and Casey my bets to feature in those majors.
DARYL POWELL: His Castleford Tigers side impressed last Friday.