Gillespie bows out on proud note despite dramatic loss

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Former Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie says he has no regrets as he leaves Headingley, and has only the fondest memories of his five years in Leeds.

The former Australia paceman led the side to back-to-back County titles, and nearly a third on the weekend, but was denied by Middlesex in the final half hour of the dramatic match at Lord’s.

If the game had ended in a draw, Somerset would have won the title, so Middlesex and the Tykes made sure it didn’t, and the hosts won by 61 runs thanks to a hat-trick from Toby Roland-Jones.

Gillespie, who now returns to Adelaide to be the Strikers’ head coach, told the ECB website that while the loss was disappointing, he was proud of the players and staff.

He said: “That match is a testament to county cricket, a great advert for the game.

“The last 25 minutes of the season there were still three sides that could lift the trophy. It’s been a great summer from that perspective.

“It’s obviously disappointing to lose a game of cricket and not have that opportunity to win the Championship. But, the only option was to chase a target.

“Seeing the lads achieve some success has been very satisfying. Us as a support staff, to see the lads enjoy those moments is pretty hard to top.

“You see them in the tough times, and the hard work they put in in the gym, the nets and on the track, and you see the rewards they get.

“From that, individuals performing well and the team as a whole, that’s very satisfying as a member of the support staff.”

Gillespie also defended the way the match ended, with the captains deciding that Middlesex would set a target of 240 off 40 overs, and Yorkshire would chase it no matter what. The deck, flat as a pancake, was heading the match to a draw.

Dizzy added: “We bounced some ideas around, what’s a reasonable chase, [Andrew] Gale spoke to James [Franklin] on how much they felt they needed to bowl us out.

“How many runs per over did we think was realistic to have a dip at? There was a lot of tooing-and-froing and a lot of numbers being thrown around.

“But, what you saw was agreed and it showed – it was a fantastic afternoon of cricket.

“Galey and James got together and set that up, and it was just a case of going out there and scoring the runs. We didn’t quite achieve that.”

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