“We bat deep” - Ben Coad confident that Yorkshire can fight back in Sussex showdown

BEN COAD insisted that Yorkshire were not out of it after late wickets dented their victory hopes at Hove.

The visitors reached the halfway stage of their County Championship match against Sussex on 216-7 in reply to the home team’s 361.

It had looked like being Yorkshire’s day after Coad’s fine five-wicket haul (5-54 from 21.3 overs) prevented the hosts from getting too far in front after they resumed day two on 275-5.

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Yorkshire reached 136-2 before five wickets went down including three to off-spinner Jack Carson, giving Sussex a lead of 145.

Ben Coad in action at Hove. Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images.Ben Coad in action at Hove. Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images.
Ben Coad in action at Hove. Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images.

Coad said tonight: “We’ll just have to come back tomorrow morning, fight and get close to their score and bowl them out. We know we bat deep.

“We started really well and were looking comfortable, but we lost one on the stroke of tea, and they bowled well after tea.

“There were a couple of unforced wickets, and it started to get a bit gloomy later on.

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“It wasn’t far off eight o’clock, and with shadows over the pitch it can be a tricky time to bat.”

Of his own performance, Coad said: “I’m happy. The pitch is a new ball pitch, and if you bowl well there’s a bit there.

“I knew I had to put it in the right place this morning, and thankfully this time they nicked them instead of playing and missing.”

Carson, who took 3-34 from 13 overs, including the key wicket of overseas star Shai Hope towards the finish, commented: “It was a good final session for us. We’ve learned to keep coming back and showing resilience.

“We keep competing to try and put ourselves in a good position, and more often than not we do.”