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.
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!