County cricket talking points: the winners will take it all this season

Only one team will be relegated this season, so captains should throw caution aside and try to build a title chase

By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket Blog

There is always a bit more than the points at stake when Yorkshire visit Trent Bridge but, at the risk of resurrecting the ghosts of long gone (but not forgotten) industrial disputes, stubbornness can be a foe as well as a friend. When Nottinghamshire captain Steve Mullaney was dismissed, he already enjoyed a lead of nearly 400 and could have unleashed Stuart Broad and Jake Ball for five or six overs before the close. Instead, he gave Joe Clarke a shot at back-to-back centuries (he had to be satisfied with 97*) and set Yorkshire an impossible 447 on the final day, one batted out by Joe Root and Gary Ballance. With just one club to be relegated this season, why not be a little more aggressive in search of the wins that are the key to a title challenge?

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