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CRICKET: Jack's joy at taking Bell scalp
9:35am Wednesday 14th May 2014 in Sport
JACK Brooks is eyeing trophy glory on three fronts after a superb individual display yesterday.
The former Oxfordshire cricketer, who is now plying his trade for Yorkshire in Division 1 of the LV= County Championship, claimed match figures of 7-76 as his side beat Warwickshire.
To cap a great day, Brooks, who played club cricket in the county for Tiddington and Oxford, claimed the prize scalp of England batsman Ian Bell.
Yorkshire won the match by an innings-and-155-runs with a day still to go, and Brooks – who writes a fortnightly column for the Oxford Mail – believes his side can challenge for honours in each format of the game.
“I’d like to think so,” the fast bowler said.
“We’ve certainly got the squad for it.
“You want to compete for three things, but it’s really difficult.
“It’s been such a long time since one team bossed all three competitions – probably Warwickshire in the 1990s – so it’s quite difficult in the modern game to do that.
“This squad is capable of doing that.”
Brooks was one of four in a heavyweight Yorkshire pace attack, also including England’s Tim Bresnan, rested at the start of the season after a hectic winter.
“He’s had a bit of time off, and his body has adjusted to bowling again,” Brooks said of his teammate.
“He keeps moaning about bowling really slowly and (that) his body’s nowhere, but I think all he needs is a bit more confidence and wickets in the bank.”
It was Bresnan who got the prized wicket of Bell in the second innings, but Brooks did the trick in the first, the England batsman last out after yet another impressive individual performance.
Caught-behind down the leg-side was not quite the method the bowler might have chosen, but he was not complaining.
“I just bowled a horrible loosener down the leg-side, which he got a tickle on,” he said.
“I’ll take that – sometimes you need a bit of luck.
“I’ve had a few catches go down off me recently, so I don’t care how I get them.
“He’s a good scalp. He’s in my pocket now.”
Yorkshire’s second championship victory of the summer eased the frustration of a chastening defeat against Middlesex at Lord’s, then a draw away to Durham.
“We’ve played some really good cricket in every game – even the one we lost,” Brooks added.