Yorkshire CCC: Tykes pipped to the title

VICTORY TOAST: Yorkshire skipper Andrew Gale is ambushed by team-mates Joe Root, centre, and Azeem Rafiq as he is interviewed by Sky Sports at Chelmsford after the 239-run victory over Essex which confirmed Yorkshire's promotion back to Division One. PIC: Keiran Galvin/Swpic.com

VICTORY TOAST: Yorkshire skipper Andrew Gale is ambushed by team-mates Joe Root, centre, and Azeem Rafiq as he is interviewed by Sky Sports at Chelmsford after the 239-run victory over Essex which confirmed Yorkshire's promotion back to Division One. PIC: Keiran Galvin/Swpic.com

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Yorkshire’s first team coach Jason Gillespie declared it was mission accomplished as the Tykes booked their place back in Division One of the LV= County Championship.

Despite a crushing 239-run defeat of Essex, Gillespie’s men were pipped to the title by rivals Derbyshire on a dramatic final day of the Division Two campaign.

But the former Australia Test bowler said the club had achieved its pre-season goal.

He said: “Our goal was to make Division One and we did that.

“The facts are that we didn’t lose a Championship game all season, we lost more time to weather than any other team in the country, and it’s a real testament to this group of players that we’ve gone up a division even when, at times, the odds have been stacked against us.

“We gained promotion on the back of three straight wins and that shows the spirit and determination in the side.”

A dreadful summer weather-wise had threatened to end Yorkshire’s hopes of being back in the top flight for next year’s 150th anniversary celebrations, but when the weather came good, so did Andrew Gale’s side.

“The weather held us back for much of the year but, when we got good weather right at the last, we showed what we’re capable of,” said Gillespie.

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