Yorkshire bowler Ben Coad eyes first team breakthrough

Ben Coad
Ben Coad

Promising swing bowler Ben Coad believes a string of wickets would force the hand of Yorkshire’s selectors and give him an opportunity to impress in the County Championships.

Yorkshire opened up their campaign with a convincing victory over Worcestershire before a difficult second game of the season at Nottinghamshire.

Coad was involved in the county’s second XI and took three wickets in his opening match of the season against Gloucestershire in Bristol last week. The bowler focused his winter training on increasing his bowling power, and he said he has reaped the rewards.

“I am involved a lot with the first team and I feel like I am up there at the higher end towards getting a go,” Coad told the Gazette.

“The main thing is to perform well in the seconds and keep putting in the performances so they can’t say no to put me into the first team.

“I know how strong the bowling attack is at Yorkshire so I am not expecting to push out of these boys but hopefully I can make my own impression.

“This winter was mainly about getting stronger and I feel I have put on a yard of pace and I still feel I have got the same skills of consistency too.”

With the Yorkshire League due to disband in 2016, Coad has returned to Studley Royal to boost their hopes of reaching the new North Yorkshire Premier League next season.

The young bowler believes the new structure will increase the number of games played with intensity.

He added: “The problem with the Yorkshire League was there was no relegation system which made the end of season pointless. The new structure keeps everyone trying their best until the end of the season.”