We’ll have to be at our best to defeat the Royals, says Gale

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Andrew Gale is warning Yorkshire that only their A-game will be good enough to seal a Friends Life t20 finals place at Headingley Carnegie tonight.

Worcestershire Royals are tonight’s quarter-final visitors with the victorious team heading through to finals day at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff on Saturday, August 25.

The Tykes are three games away from winning their first piece of silverware since the Friends Provident Trophy in 2002 but Gale says tonight’s visitors are worthy of maximum respect.

The Yorkshire captain – whose side are rated 8-13 favourites by the bookmakers – also hopes to fully utilise home advantage.

“Worcestershire are actually in a very similar position to us as they haven’t had much success in Twenty20 cricket,” said Gale.

“This is the first year they have had a chance of reaching the finals as well.

“But they are all tough games when you get to the quarter-final stage and they have got some good players in Moeen Ali, (Vikram) Solanki and Phil Hughes and also Gareth Andrew who is useful.

“We’ll have to be on our game if we’re going to win, definitely.”

Expressing the importance of a bumper home crowd for tonight’s 4.15pm start, Gale added: “I think the Lancashire boys call it Galatasary when it’s a full house – they don’t like coming there and playing and the crowd is the 12th man for us. We want them to get right behind us and stuck into the opposition hopefully.

“The lads have been training really hard for it, we have had some good time in the nets and we are all very excited.”

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