RICH PYRAH has praised the work put in by Yorkshire’s entire coaching staff following the encouraging signs shown by the county’s youngsters during the recent Royal London Cup campaign.

With Andrew Gale away at the Hundred, Pyrah led the Vikings during the One-Day Cup, fielding six List 'A' debutants en route to to the knockout stages.

They were beaten by Essex in Saturday’s Eliminator clash at Chelmsford, with the Eagles advancing to the semi-finals.

Harry Duke, George Hill, Will Luxton, Matthew Revis, Jack Shutt and Josh Sullivan have all played their first career one-day games over the last month, while batsman and Academy captain Luxton and leg-spinner Sullivan both made their first first-team appearances.

That, believes regular assistant and bowling coach Pyrah, is the fruits of the labour of Gale, himself, Richard Damms, Ian Dews, Paul Grayson and Martyn Moxon, among others.

“As a club, we’ve been building to this for a while,” said Pyrah. “We’ve worked hard to get the young lads up to speed.

“Galey’s done a great job, and this has just been an extension of what he’s been doing.

“These young lads are making the senior players look over their shoulder now. That’s what makes a good club successful, when they are being put under pressure to perform.

“Galey has got options going forward for Championship and T20.

“These lads can play, and they can play under pressure.

“They are performing now, but the hard work has been done behind the scenes for a number of years now.

“The full coaching staff have been a part of it and should be proud watching these young lads play like this.”

Gale resumes his responsibilities ahead of next Tuesday’s Vitality Blast quarter-final against Sussex at Emirates Riverside in Durham - but Pyrah has loved his time in charge.

“The club have left me to it,” he said. “It’s been my baby if you will. It’s been a different challenge, and I’ve enjoyed it."