Yorkshire on track for treble in 2016

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Yorkshire had a marvellous 2015 winning the County Championship with a record 11 wins out of 16 matches while amassing a record-breaking points tally of 286 in a 16-game Championship season.

This meant they finished 68 points ahead of runners-up, Middlesex, and to show just how big a gap that is, Middlesex finished 67 points ahead of bottom-placed (ninth), Worcestershire.

This was achieved with a squad that changed personnel nigh on every game due to England call-ups and drop outs. Joe Root, England's best batsman and currently ranked second in Test match batting, did not play a single game in the Championship.


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Johnny Bairstow was a crucial figure in Yorkshire's success with an average of over 100 runs. Then there was Adil Rashid, Yorkshire's spinner who was taken out of the team for England's tour to the West Indies to pave the way for the signing of James Middlebrook.

Gary Ballance, Adam Lyth, Tim Bresnan and Liam Plunkett were all part of both the Yorkshire and England squads throughout the season.

If Yorkshire had their strongest squad available throughout the season, they possibly could've won every Championship match (if the weather was kind, too).

Speaking to BBC Humberside, 20-year-old all-rounder Will Rhodes said: "Every side goes into every season wanting to win every game they play and we see that as a realistic goal."

"We believe we can win the treble but it will be a massive task.

"Warwickshire came close in 2014 when they finished second in the County Championship, won the T20 and were runners-up in the One-Day Cup. They proved it can be done."

That's the key, the one-day and T20 forms. If Yorkshire can replicate the formidable best they've produced in the four-day format to the shorter versions of the game, then the treble is certainly within reach.

Quarter-final and semi-final appearances in the One Day Cup in 2014 and 2015 show they aren't far away from a day at Lords in the final, yet it's their T20 form that has left White Rose fans disappointed and wondering.

One signing that could change all this is 25-year-old England all-rounder David Willey from Northamptonshire, who joined on a three-year deal.

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The aggressive impetus he displays when batting in T20 matches – a fine example being his 100 in 40 balls versus Sussex – shows what he can add to this already powerful and talented Yorkshire squad. Willey is no stranger to T20 finals day having won the T20 trophy with Northants in 2013 before reaching the final once more in 2015.

Another key acquisition is New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson, who is enjoying his third spell at Yorkshire having previously played a part in the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Ranked as the number three test match batsman, it's clear what he'll bring to the side: runs.

Despite being unavailable for almost the entire season, he will be eligible for a crucial six-week period in June and July to play three Championship games, eight T20 games and three one-day cup games.

One thing that might grate the greedy Yorkshire fan is the fact over the past two victorious Championship seasons Yorkshire have lost two of 32 games, both to Middlesex away in each campaign.

The circumstances of their downfall in each game were painfully similar, too, with Middlesex successfully chasing a large total against the odds. This term Yorkshire face Middlesex away in the final game of the season and the whole of the White Rose county will be hoping it doesn't come down to the wire.

Yorkshire have an extremely talented group of players including a host of unsung heroes who’ve played a fundamental role in their success, and if they set their minds to it, anything is possible; even the treble.

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