Yorkshire captain Daryl Berry’s team is at Hull on Saturday to face Cumbria in their second EGU Northern Counties match missing three players from the team which battled back brilliantly to draw 9-9 with champions Lancashire at Hillside.
The contest clashes with the St Andrews Links Trophy and as well as losing the services of Lindrick’s Joe Dean, Dan Brown (Bedale) and Jamie Bower, of Meltham, Berry is again without Nick Marsh.
The English champion from Huddersfield has an understandably busy schedule of commitments, but Yorkshire’s captain is embracing the opportunity to include young blood.
Berry believes the White Rose still boast a strong line-up with the inclusion of Otley’s George Muscroft, who recently won the county boys’ championship, another youngster in Luke Robinson (Hornsea) plus current Yorkshire champion Julian Taylor (York), back home from university in the USA.
“Our team is still very, very strong and we have great back-up in some very talented juniors,” said Berry shortly after his team completed Friday’s practice at Hull before embarking on some “fun” evening golf.
“We really had to commit to shots to fight our way back against Lancashire and we need to do the same against Cumbria,” said the captain.
“I’ve told the lads if we take care of the tee shots we set ourselves up to be hard to beat.”
The opening fixtures produced only one winner in Northumberland, and theirs was not a resounding victory (10.5-7.5 over Durham), so the embryonic table is extremely tight.