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Yorkshire skipper Andrew Gale vows to learn lessons from 2010
Captain Andrew Gale insists title-chasing Yorkshire will not go forcing results unnecessarily during the last three weeks of the LV= County Championship season in the same way they did in the final match of 2010 against Kent at Headingley.
The White Rose county, in Gale’s first term as captain, went into the last day of the season with a chance of winning the title alongside eventual champions Nottinghamshire and Somerset.
They were well placed at 93-1 in their second innings with a lead of 52 before losing their last nine wickets for only 37 runs in 9.1 overs to slip to 130 all out in a flurry of injudicious shots.
Current England one-day spinner James Tredwell took 7-22, including a hat-trick, as relegated Kent chased down only 90 to win the match and end their hosts’ chances of glory.
Had Yorkshire won, they would have ended up champions because other results went their way.
Gale now knows the bull in a china shop approach was the wrong way to go. But, as they say, hindsight is wonderful thing.
Yorkshire are 14.5 points behind leaders Durham heading into tomorrow’s clash with Sussex at Hove knowing they have to win matches if they are to claim the Championship for the first time since 2001 – maybe all three of their remaining fixtures against Sussex, Middlesex and relegation- haunted Surrey.
Gale said: “As a captain, I learned a few lessons. I just need to make sure the boys concentrate on their processes and don’t try too hard to force results really, like we did during that last day against Kent.
“It’s a totally different set of players from back then with a lot more experience. They know how to play in these situations.
“We took our eye off the process back then. We know how to win games of cricket, and we don’t have to force results if we play as we can do. It’s up to me as a captain and Dizzy (Jason Gillespie) as a coach to re-iterate that to the players.”
As much as Gale has learned from 2010, he is still desperate for wins, and he wants to draw inspiration from last season when Yorkshire won their last three matches to secure promotion from division two.
“It is out of our hands because of what Durham can do, but we need to set our stall out to win the last three games. We did it last season, so there’s no reason we can’t do it again,” he said.
“We don’t necessarily have to win the last three, but we know how to win matches in a run, whether it be this season or last season.
“We’ve done it by doing the basics well over a long period of time. If we do that again, the results will look after themselves.”
Sussex, now out of contention, and Durham are the only sides to have beaten Yorkshire this season.
Sussex did it in the first week at Headingley by an innings and 12 runs and Durham at Scarborough by seven wickets in their last match.
Gale admitted Yorkshire were “outplayed in all departments” against Durham, but added: “There’s no loss of confidence because it’s just one game.
“We lost the first game of the season in far worse fashion and bounced back from that. We have three games left, and the good thing is we are still in the hunt.”
England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has been made available to finish the season with Sussex.
He will play this week and against Durham in their final match in just under a fortnight.
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