Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie pulled no punches after their innings and 12 runs defeat to Sussex, labelling the side’s batting display as “unacceptable” and “not good enough”.
It was not the start to their 150th anniversary season that Yorkshire had been looking for and the setback ended a run of 18 consecutive Championship matches without defeat, the sequence stretching back to August 2011, when they went down at headquarters to Warwickshire.
The Tykes resumed the final day on Saturday on 228 for eight with Ballance on 46 and Jack Brooks two. Balance made a gallant 63 off 137 balls with seven fours but Yorkshire were dismissed for 248 at Headingley.
Gillespie said: “To get bowled out for 96 in the first innings was unacceptable and we recognise that fact. The batsmen have put their hands up and said that it was not good enough. We were not up to it here.”