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Gale secures ton Down Under

— 20 January 2014

You can’t keep him out of the headlines. On the same weekend he signed a one-year extension that will keep him at Headingley until December 2016, Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale scored his first century of the winter for Australian club side the Dandenong Panthers in their victory over Hawthorn-Monash University.

  • Resuming on 84 not out from the previous weekend, Gale secured exactly a hundred runs before losing his wicket. The nine-wicket victory for the Panthers has seen them move up a couple of places to ninth in the Victoria Premier League.

    Wicketkeeper Dan Hodgson produced a match-winning performance for his club side Mount Waverley in Victoria. Opening the batting, he scored 62 not out in his side’s eight-wicket victory over Melton. He also took, what locals are describing, as the best stumping they have seen at this level, which is great news for the Richmond-born stumper. Victory for Waverley has seen them move up to ninth in the table and will be looking to build on this victory going into the latter stages of the season.

    Another Yorkshire player in the news is quick Jack Brooks (pictured). The self-proclaimed ‘Headband Warrior’ was in blistering form with the ball taking five wickets for 19 runs from 8.2 overs in victory for Perth based side Willetton against Bayswater-Morley. Batting first, Willetton scored 194 for 9 from their 50 overs, with Brooks showing his class with the bat scoring a quick-fire 14 runs from four balls including two 4s and one maximum. Willetton were at their clinical best with the ball bowling out Bayswater for a paltry 97. The win lifts Willetton into the top three in pole position as the season progresses towards to play-offs in March.

  • Over in Sydney, Jack Leaning returned to form with the bat scoring a well-crafted 85 for club side Sutherland in the Sydney Premier League against Western Suburbs. Playing against former Yorkshire seamer Mitchell Starc and England spinner Monty Panesar, the middle order batsman top-scored in his sides 185 all out – his innings included eight fours and three sixes. Wests, who are amongst the frontrunners in the league, reached their total with three wickets in hand and an over to spare. With the ball, Leaning took two wickets for 28 runs from 10 overs including the wicket of former teammate Starc.

    Finally, hearty congratulations must go too Yorkshire Women’s cricketer Danielle Hazell, who was part of the England team that defeated Australia in the first One-Day International at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. England are within one victory of retaining the Women’s Ashes after a seven-wicket win over their hosts. They need one more victory from their remaining five matches. Alongside Danielle in the squad is Katherine Brunt, who missed the match through injury, and Yorkshire’s new captain Lauren Winfield, who wasn’t selected.

    Return the urn girls!

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