Yorkshire CCC: We’ll take positives after Lord’s setback – Gale

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Skipper Andrew Gale has his say on Yorkshire cricket

I FELT really helpless watching the scores come through at Headingley while the lads were at Middlesex.

It wasn’t ideal and I was keeping in constant touch with Jason Gillespie and, by all accounts, the lads dominated large parts of the game and for us not to bowl them out and for them to knock that huge score off was disappointing from our point of view.

For them to score 470 on a fourth day pitch, you would expect us to bowl them out. All credit to Middlesex as well; apparently Chris Rogers played out of his skin and it was one of the best knocks anyone has played in county cricket.

We’ve just got to pick ourselves up for the start of an important game against Durham.

This sort of thing actually happened to Durham last year when we did the same to them and knocked off 450 on a difficult pitch and Joe Root played brilliantly – and Durham went on to win the Championship.

Obviously, it was disappointing losing in that way at Middlesex, but we can use that to go forward hopefully.

It’s still early season and we dominated large parts of the game at Lord’s.

The lads have taken stock and know as a bowling unit that we didn’t bowl well enough on the third afternoon. If we’d bowled better early on, we might have got a few wickets.

It’s a lesson to learn from the division – if you are not quite on it in a session, teams in this league will swallow you up. No matter how many runs you have on the board, there’s some really good teams around.

It was a tough situation coming in to captain for Rooty, especially when everything went to plan until the last day. He will have learnt a lot of valuable lessons though. I am sure he will be better for the experience.

Obviously, I didn’t play and to leave myself out was the hardest decision of my captaincy career.

Whatever way we had gone, it would have been harsh to leave another batsman out as they were scoring runs.

But I felt it was the right thing to do for the team and hope in the long run, it will pay off.

I had a few sleepless nights making the decision. I want to win trophies here and be part of it, but if it means me missing one game, so be it. People sometimes miss out when they don’t deserve to.

For me, playing for the seconds served its purpose on a difficult pitch and after leaving myself out for the Middlesex game, which was a tough decision. The idea was to get a couple of hours at the crease and I came away feeling in really good form after that.

Obviously, not having a pre-season wasn’t ideal and a couple of ugly hours at the crease, without making a big score, was what I needed.

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THE FIXTURES come around thick and fast in county cricket and after what happened at Middlesex, it’s good we are straight back in action at Durham, above, tomorrow.

The disappointment won’t linger; we move on.

Obviously, Durham have brought in Kumar Sangakkarra and he’s a fantastic player who has got an unbelievable record. I am sure he will be wanting to start well as he’s only there for two games – tough luck for us, one is against us!

But you want to be testing yourself against the best players in the world and the lads will probably raise their game because of that. We’ve also a decent record at the Riverside.

Everyone in cricket heard the story about Wirral Cricket Club being three all out. Unbelievable.

At the halfway stage, they’d bowled the other side out for 108 and probably felt if they started well, they be all right – it must have been a sporting wicket.

I think the lowest I have been involved in was in a second XI game six or seven years ago against Durham when we bowled them bowled them out for 26 and knocked them off for four or five down.

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