OVER the years we have been used to Yorkshire openers being the first to 1,000 first class runs in a season, but not with a smile and a witty remark to go with it.

Adam Lyth crossed the line ahead of Mark Ramprakash on Monday and was asked if the beard he was sporting had been a thing of superstition – i.e. not shaving until he reached the landmark.

Lyth replied: “If I did then it would be this long” indicating a growth somewhere in the area of a ZZ Top guitarist.

Lyth has hardly dashed to the finishing line, but in a season where expectations of the Tykes were not exactly high, Lyth’s patience and application perhaps epitomise the quiet confidence that has led to Yorkshire having a productive year.

Along with Andrew Gale’s assured step into the captaincy role and Lyth’s run-scoring, others have quietly gone about their business in positive style with Yorkshire possessing the three leading run-scorers in Division One with stand-in skipper Jacques Rudolph and Anthony McGrath, who has hit 10 50s in 11 Championship innings, providing the supporting cast to Lyth’s starring role.

The only problem Yorkshire face now is that the emergence of their young stars may do more harm than good.

Ajmal Shahzad, Tim Bresnan and Adil Rashid have all had their chance with England and Gale is currently impressing with the England Lions and been pressed into action as stand-in captain.

It seems the price of success for Yorkshire could be watching all their talent wearing Lions on their chests instead of a rose.