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Last of the 2011 Whine – Richard Pyrah

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Championship

11 games, 376 runs @ 25.06, 29 wickets @ 32.96

CB40

7 games, 93 runs @ 23.25, 7 wickets @ 30.42

FL 20/20

15 games, 62 runs @ 8.85, 21 wickets @ 19.85

Is it right to call someone who’s played at the club for seven years a surprise package? Ok, let’s circle around the phrase ‘unexpected success’ instead. Because that’s how you’d describe Rich Pyrah’s season.

“He’s got a good game for the one-day stuff; fringe player in the championship” – that pretty much sums up the collective opinion before this year. Yet during the winter a lot of hard work’s clearly been put in, both by the player himself, and the much maligned coaches at Headingley.

The improvement in Pyrah’s bowling included the extra half a yard of pace you’d always felt he needed to take wickets consistently in first-class cricket. With it came confidence and extra consistency – the dozen over spell he put in to break the hundred run partnership between Hales and Voges during the Notts home game was as good a piece of sustained pace bowling as we saw all season.

His batting too showed promise, although here there was little consistency. With seven single digit dismissals from sixteen innings to go with the battling 87 made against Durham in April and the remarkable 117 during the home Roses match after he’d arrived at the crease when we were 44/7.

Perhaps more consistency with the bat might have been found had he not been yet another player struck down with injury – in his case a knee cap that popped in and out whilst batting during a CB40 game in early May. Given the nature of what happened it’s probably a testament to Pyrah’s general level of fitness that he was out for less than four weeks. Although I’m not convinced he’d fully recovered from that injury set-back, as after returning to the first team his bowling didn’t seem to have quite the same zip as in early season.

But with all winter to recover fully, and perhaps make further improvement to his game, Pyrah should hopefully be the kind of quality lower-order batsman and back-up seamer we’ll need in division two next year.

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Written by ThatCricketBlogger

September 6, 2011 at 12:10 pm

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