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Gale Makes History Against Notts

— 8 June 2013

Nottinghamshire 443 & 105/1 (24.0 overs)
Yorkshire 572/8d

Match drawn

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Andrew Gale delivered one of Yorkshire’s finest ever batting performances in the drawn championship match against Nottinghamshire at Scarborough today.


The Yorkshire captain, resuming unbeaten on 159, hit a career best 272 to ensure Yorkshire got the better of a batsman-dominated draw at North Marine Road, and wrote his name into the record books.


He batted for nearly nine hours, faced an astonishing 404 balls and hitting 25 fours and four sixes during his amazing innings and shared a 297-run stand with Gary Ballance that was Yorkshire’s third highest fifth wicket stand of all time.


Once Ballance edged behind for a superb 141, Gale continued and started knocking over the milestones. By the time he fell trying to accelerate after reaching his 250, hitting Samit Patel high in the air and allowing wicketkeeper Chris Read to run around and take a diving catch near point, he had recorded Yorkshire’s third highest first class score since the War behind Darren Lehmann’s 339 against Durham at Headingley in 2006 and Martyn Moxon’s unbeaten 274 at Worcester in 1994.


His innings was also the highest score by a Yorkshire player at Scarborough, eclipsing Len Hutton’s 241 in the Players v Gentleman match in 1953, and was the highest score by a Yorkshire player at a county match at the ground, beating Jacques Rudolph’s 220 v Warwickshire in 2007.


Yorkshire did bat on for a further six overs after Gale’s departure, allowing Andrew Hodd to score 40, before declaring on 572 for eight, their highest score ever against Nottinghamshire, beating the 562 recorded at Bradford in 1899. It was also Yorkshire’s second highest first class score at Scarborough, eclipsing the 580 for nine declared against Glamorgan in 2001.


Nottinghamshire, beginning their second innings 129 runs adrift with 46 overs remaining in the match, lost opener Alex Hales in the sixth over when he fell lbw to Steve Patterson, to provide a slight glimmer of hope that Yorkshire could put them under pressure in the closing stages of the match.


That might have been a possibility had Ed Cowan not been given a reprieve on one when he edged Ryan Sidebottom to Adam Lyth at second slip in the next over, only for the chance to be put down. It allowed Nottinghamshire to recover and reach 105 for one at stumps, but the performance should lift Yorkshire’s spirits in preparations for next week’s championship match against Middlesex at Lord’s, starting on Tuesday.


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Andrew Gale wrote his name in Yorkshire’s history books today after his side batted on to reach a commanding 572 for eight against Nottinghamshire on the final day at Scarborough.


The Yorkshire captain resumed unbeaten on 159, his career best, and reached a brilliant 272 after nearly nine hours at the crease, facing an astonishing 404 balls and hitting 25 fours and four sixes during his amazing innings.


By the time he was out trying to accelerate after reaching his 250, hitting Samit Patel high in the air and allowing wicketkeeper Chris Read to run around and take a diving catch near point, he had recorded Yorkshire’s third highest first class score since the War behind Darren Lehmann’s 339 against Durham at Headingley in 2006 and Martyn Moxon’s unbeaten 274 at Worcester in 1994.


His innings was also the highest score by a Yorkshire player at Scarborough, eclipsing Len Hutton’s 241 in the Players v Gentleman match in 1953, and was the highest score by a Yorkshire player at a county match at the ground, beating Jacques Rudolph’s 220 v Warwickshire in 2007.


Yorkshire did bat on for a further six overs after Gale’s departure, allowing Andrew Hodd to score 40, before declaring on their highest score ever against Nottinghamshire, beating the 562 recorded at Bradford in 1899. It was also Yorkshire’s second highest first class score at Scarborough, eclipsing the 580 for nine declared against Glamorgan in 2001.


Gary Ballance had earlier fallen for 141, his best score for Yorkshire, under-edging Paul Franks behind having shared a stand of 297 off 498 balls – the third highest fifth wicket stand in Yorkshire’s history.


Nottinghamshire, beginning their second innings 129 runs adrift with 46 overs remaining in the match, lost opener Alex Hales in the sixth over when he fell lbw to Steve Patterson and had reached 16 for one at tea.


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Records tumbled on the final day at Scarborough with captain Andrew Gale hitting a double hundred to help Yorkshire into a first innings lead against Nottinghamshire.

Resuming 85 runs adrift on 358 for four, Gale and Gary Ballance claimed more records on the final morning before their 297-run stand was finally broken when Ballance edged Paul Franks behind for 141.


Their stand was the third highest fifth wicket partnership in Yorkshire history, the highest partnership against Nottinghamshire and the highest Yorkshire stand ever at Scarborough, while Ballance recorded his highest score for Yorkshire, eclipsing the unbeaten 121 he scored against Gloucestershire at Bristol last year.


Having scored centuries in his three previous championship matches, Adil Rashid’s run came to an end when he drove to cover for a duck three overs after Ballance’s demise, but Gale progressed to his first double century for Yorkshire and was unbeaten on 203 at lunch having guided his side into a 19-run lead at 462 for six.

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