York­shire’s young­sters can step up to Royal London task

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - EQUESTRIAN -

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.

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