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Last of the 2011 Whine – Those who also served #1

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(c) Dave Morton

Gerard Brophy


7 games, 355 runs @ 44.37, 7 catches & 1 stumping


6 games, 53 runs @ 10.60, 5 catches & 2 stumps

FL 20/20

7 games, 45 runs @ 7.50, 3 catches

How much worse would Yorkshire’s summer have been if we’d lost our opening game against Worcestershire instead of winning it? We may well have found out but for the unbeaten 177 by Gerard Brophy that dragged us from 73/4 to 368 all out during our first innings of the season.

It was a performance that kept him in the side for the next four games despite the runs starting to dry up. But when a thumb injury forced him out of action in mid May he could only watch from the sidelines as Gary Ballance produced a string of assured performances to claim his place at six in the batting order.

Since then chances have been few and far between. So with Bairstow now established as our first choice gloveman, Brophy’s role at the club is likely to as an experienced back-up until one of the younger keepers makes a more pressing case for a pro contract.

(c) Moin Ashraf

Moin Ashraf


6 games, 21 runs @ 3.00, 10 wickets @ 49.80


3 games, 2 wickets @ 64.50

After enjoying a successful introduction to first-class cricket at the tail end of 2010, Moin Ashraf was another Yorkshire player to have a difficult second season.

There were some hard lessons learnt for a young bowler who’d decided to take a gap year before attending university so he could concentrate on his cricket career. Certainly during his early season performances there wasn’t quite the impressive line and length he’d shown the previous year, a loss of control perhaps caused by an over eagerness to bowl a jaffer, rather than to build pressure with patience and discipline. If so, it was a tendency he appeared to be overcoming towards the end of the year. A lesson he’ll do well to remember next season when he could well turn out to be a real handful with the tiflix ball.

Further good news is that he’s clearly on the ECB’s radar as a player to monitor for the future, with an appearance for the England Development XI in early August against Sri Lanka A eliciting a strong performance with the ball.

(c) Dave Morton

Oliver Hannon-Dalby


4 games, 10 runs @ 2.00, 2 wickets @ 162.50


4 games, 5 wickets @ 28.80

It’s tempting to suggest Hannon-Dalby’s most significant contribution to Yorkshire’s season was to break his captain’s forearm in the nets. There’s certainly little you can take from bare statistics to suggest 2011 was anything but a huge step backwards for a bowler who was an ever present during the previous summer’s championship campaign.

But stats of course only tell part of the story. They don’t tell you of the catches spilled off Oliver’s bowling, or the numerous times he beat the bat of Marcus Threscothick for no reward during our latest nightmare visit to Taunton.

Sure, there’s plenty of work to be done with Hannon-Dalby to make him into the kind of bowler we need – not least finding the additional pace required to upgrade his short ball from hittable into dangerous – yet for me he remains a player worth persevering with.


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September 6, 2011 at 12:13 pm

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