It brought a huge smile to my face when Yorkshire sealed their first County Championship success since 2001 on Friday.
You’ve got to give so much credit to coach Jason Gillespie for turning things around. Now Yorkshire have a good team and they have proven they are the best side in four-day cricket in the country this year.
Adam Lyth looks an amazing opener in all forms of the game. He and his partner Alex Lees are knocking on the door for England recognition.
In the bowling department, Ryan Sidebottom keeps on showing he is one of the most wily performers out there and that there is life in the old dog yet while Jack Brooks just gets better with every match he plays.
How Adil Rashid has not played for the England Test side is beyond me. He is the best spinning all-rounder in the country. Adil is an unbelievable player and I don’t understand why he is not selected ahead of James Tredwell, who doesn’t spin it. Adil is a good batsman, a great fielder who should be in the England set-up. We are crying out for spinners so I find it baffling that the selectors continue to overlook Adil.
The only danger for Yorkshire is that half of their team will end up becoming England regulars. Gary Ballance and Sheffield’s Joe Root have already cemented their places in the England side. I’m sure Tim Bresnan, Jonny Bairstow, Lyth, Lees and Liam Plunkett will all come into the selectors thinking when they name their next squad. The bottom line is it will be hard for Yorkshire to dominate if England keep selecting their best players.
But it is great Yorkshire, as a county, have had so much success over the last couple of years. Look at the 2012 London Olympic Games where my friend Jessica Ennis-Hill, Lizzie Armitstead, the Brownlee brothers and Nicola Adams did so well. We then won lots of medals in the Commonwealth Games this summer. We’ve got Hull City flying the flag in the Premier League so all we need now is for one of the two Sheffield clubs to get back into the top flight!
*Sorry for there being no column last week. I had to dash to the hospital on Tuesday as my wife Esme gave birth to our first child Charlotte Rose Matthew. Fatherhood is amazing. It is stressful and Esme and I have had a few sleepless night but anytime we get worried, we just look at Charlotte and that all goes away. It’s been brilliant. Thank you everybody for their kind messages and support.