Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale was delighted to record his 16th First-Class century as Yorkshire continued to dominate their LV= County Championship match against Champions Durham at Chester-le-Street.
“We had a good day yesterday and to back it up today, myself and Bluey getting some big runs and the lads coming in at the end, we played well. It puts us in a strong position in the game." - Andrew Gale
On returning to first team action after dropping himself against Middlesex a week ago, Gale top-scored with a 124 in Yorkshire’s 589 for 8 declared – the third highest ever total scored on the Riverside ground.
“It was nice to back up yesterday,” said Gale.
“We had a good day yesterday and to back it up today, myself and Bluey getting some big runs and the lads coming in at the end, we played well. It puts us in a strong position in the game.”
On the opening day Gale struggled to get going with the bat and this evening as he looks back on his innings he be relieved how he managed to get through the opening day of the match in what a was a below par performance for the Yorkshire skipper.
“I felt terrible yesterday,” admitted Gale.
“It was the worst I’ve felt in 10 years at the crease. I was scratching around, and it wasn’t happening for me. I changed a few things in the nets this morning, and luckily it all came to plan.
“I was falling over a bit, and there were a few things in my trigger movement. I felt my balance was a little bit out, and I was getting stuck on the crease. I felt like a walking wicket if you like. I managed to change that today and hit my straps.”
Yorkshire will go into Day Three hoping to take a few early wickets and push for victory as the game progresses, but Gale knows that his frontline bowlers will have to be at their best to succeed against a strong Durham batting line-up.
“It is a fairly good pitch,” added Gale. “We didn’t quite bowl the areas we would have liked tonight; we bowled a bit short and wide. If we can come back in the morning and nip a few out, it puts us in the box seat.”