Andrew Gale has described Yorkshire’s brief post season trip to the Middle East as a success, despite the Vikings missing out on a place in the inaugural Abu Dhabi T20 final.
The White Rose lost their first game against Lahore Qalandars on Thursday and won their second against Hobart Hurricanes earlier today.
Gale saw the likes of Harry Brook, Karl Carver, Ben Coad, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Josh Poysden and Josh Shaw impress at various stages through the two games.
Kohler-Cadmore’s unbeaten 72 off 42 balls against the Hurricanes as Yorkshire breezed to a target of 141 was the standout performance.
But leg-spinner Poysden’s first two appearances for the county with a white ball yielded three wickets across two skilful spells.
“To bring a young side here and test your skills against some really good cricketers, it’s been fantastic for us,” said coach Gale.
“We played a PSL side on their home patch as it were in front of the cameras, and the younger players will have learnt so much from it – being around the hotel and seeing how T20 franchise cricket works.
“There will be some valuable lessons we can take away.
“To come here at the end of a tough season, particularly the last five or six weeks, with fatigued bodies and minds and perform in the fashion we have done is really pleasing.
“I thought we were a bit unlucky the other night against Lahore. We got done by the third umpire decision (to recall centurion Sohail Akhtar to the crease having been given out on 51).
“Had that gone our way, I’m sure we’d have got over the line.
“But the lads bounced back really well (against Hobart).
“I said to them ‘It’s the last day of the season, let’s finish with a win’. And they were outstanding.”
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Left-arm spinner Carver claimed 2-29 in his first T20 appearance since July 2017, when he was hit for six sixes in an over by Worcestershire’s Ross Whiteley at Emerald Headingley.
“For Karl to come in and perform like he did was good. He’s had a bit of a tough season – up and down,” said Gale.
“He’s played a few 50-over games for us, but he hasn’t really got a chance.
“Ben Coad, Tom and Harry Brook were outstanding as well.
“In those small chases, it would have been easy to try and knock them off in the 19th or 20th over, but I was really pleased (that we attacked).
“I wanted us to chase because we haven’t done it particularly that well over the last few years, and that’s the sort of cricket we need to be playing when we chase down totals.”
Poysden played three Championship matches having joined from Warwickshire in July, with Gale previously describing him as rusty. He has looked anything but rusty over of the last few days.
Gale added: “Josh bowled well throughout the competition and showed the reasons why we recruited him. He’s an exceptional white ball cricketer. You always need a wrist spinner in T20.
“It’s been tough for Josh because white ball cricket is his strongest asset.
“He came in to us and wanted to start well, but things didn’t go as planned.
“He put so much pressure on himself to do well.
“Yorkshire is a tough county to come to because there’s a lot of expectation. But he’s a good, solid lad and has worked hard.
“He’s given us a small glimpse of what he can do in white ball cricket, and I’m really pleased for him.
“He’ll finish the season on a high.”