Gillespie stays calm after Old Trafford win

Yorkshire head coach Jason Gillespie. Picture: Steve Riding.
Yorkshire head coach Jason Gillespie. Picture: Steve Riding.
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THE message was simple and to the point.

“We’ve won nothing yet,” said Jason Gillespie after Yorkshire’s magnificent victory against Lancashire. Success by an innings and 18 runs – Yorkshire’s first Championship win against the old enemy since 2002, at the 16th attempt – saw them put one hand around the coveted trophy.

But although his side are 26 points clear with two games to play, Gillespie insisted the job is not done.

“Look, we’re in a really good position,” said the Yorkshire first team coach after his side’s third successive Championship win. “We’ve played some great cricket, there’s no doubt about that, and the lads have been brilliant throughout the year.

“But there’s still a lot of hard work ahead. We’ve got Notts next week, a damn good team, and we can’t afford to get carried away.”

While Gillespie talks about “concentrating on processes” and “taking each session as it comes”, it is for others, perhaps, to get carried away.

Put simply, Yorkshire have been the best team in the country this year in four-day cricket and, if they defeat or even draw with second-placed Nottinghamshire, who went down by 54 runs to Durham yesterday, they will prove it by sealing the title before their final game against Somerset at Leeds.