MARTYN MOXON said that there were encouraging signs in defeat as Yorkshire were beaten by title-chasing Somerset.
The county’s director of cricket admitted that Somerset fully deserved their 224-run win at Emerald Headingley but he was pleased with the fight and character shown by the players, with Yorkshire one of six clubs who could yet go down.
After Yorkshire slipped to second-bottom of the First Division table and into the final relegation position, one point behind third-bottom Hampshire and seven ahead of bottom club Worcestershire, Moxon said: “We can’t fault the effort.
“We fought really hard again but, unfortunately, we let periods of potential dominance slip and you can’t afford to do that.
“We know that to win four-day games we’ve got to play well for long periods, and we played well for periods but not long enough.
“We weren’t able to maintain the pressure after some good periods with bat and ball, and Somerset ultimately played better than us.
“But we can see that there’s plenty of fight in the team.
“We gave it everything we could to try and save the game on the last day and took it deep into the final session.
“The effort, the spirit within the group, is fine. It’s just that we need to play better for longer, that’s the bottom line.”
Going into the final four rounds of the season, three-quarters of the eight clubs in the division are looking over their shoulders.
We know that to win four-day games we’ve got to play well for long periods, and we played well for periods but not long enough.Yorkshire’s Martyn Moxon
Apart from leaders Surrey and second-placed Somerset, the next six clubs – (in descending order) Essex, Notts, Lancashire, Hampshire, Yorkshire and Worcestershire – cannot rest easy.
“Nobody’s safe from third-place down,” said Moxon.
“There’s four games left and still everything to play for.
“The good thing is that it’s in our hands and that there were some positives (in this match).
“We’ve just got to keep plugging away.”
Yorkshire return to action tomorrow when they face Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, where New Zealand batsman Jeet Raval will make his White Rose debut and, potentially, so will South African pace bowler Mat Pillans.
Fellow pace bowler Matt Fisher is sidelined after battling bravely with bat and ball against Somerset following the recurrence of a toe injury, while Tim Bresnan is due to return to the squad.
Club captain Steve Patterson will travel to Nottingham to increase his workload with a view to a potential return in the Roses match at Headingley the following week.
Patterson suffered a broken finger in the Roses T20 encounter at Headingley early last month.
Yorkshire will assess wicketkeeper Jonny Tattersall, who missed the Somerset game with a back spasm, while pace bowler Ben Coad (side strain) is due to play for the seconds.
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