Rudolph sets sights on huge Tykes score

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STAND-in captain Jacques Rudolph is targeting a big score in Yorkshire’s vital LV County Championship match with Sussex, which starts at Scarborough today.

The South African batsman rejoined the relegation-threatened county last month but has yet to score a hundred. But Rudolph reckons it is just a matter of time before he reaches three figures again having plundered 75 runs in Sunday’s Clydesdale Bank 40 defeat to Derbyshire.

“I think I’ve had four or five starts now, and I need to capitalise on them,” he said. “But I don’t think it’s an area of too much concern because I’m hitting the ball really nicely.”

Rudolph said he was happy to step in as skipper after regular captain Andrew Gale broke his right forearm while batting in the nets. The injury has ruled Gale out for the rest of the season.

“I’m quite happy to step in if necessary because we don’t have too many other options at the moment,” he said.

“The guys have known me for four years, so they know what they will get from me, which can make them feel at ease.”

Yorkshire are scrapping for survival and are currently second from bottom in the standings, four points adrift of Worcestershire having played a game more. Worcestershire face title-chasing Lancashire.

Martyn Moxon’s men have notched just two victories from their 12 outings while sixth-placed Sussex are in a comfortable mid-table position after securing four wins.