Gale ton puts Yorkshire in charge of Nottinghamshire

LV County Championship Division One, Headingley
Close, day two: Nottinghamshire 143 and 175-6, Yorkshire 336
Yorks 6pts, Notts 3pt
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Andrew Gale
Gale also hit an unbeaten 151 against Notts at Trent Bridge last September

Captain Andrew Gale's ferocious century put Yorkshire firmly in charge at Headingley in their Division One clash with county champions Nottinghamshire.

Gale hit 145 not out in his side's 336 to earn a 193-run first innings lead.

Notts then found themselves fighting hard to avoid a two-day defeat, eventually finishing on 175-6.

Rich Pyrah and Ryan Sidebottom took three wickets each as, despite Alex Hales' 83, Notts closed still needing another 18 to make the Tykes bat again.

Gale's last ton for the Tykes also came against Notts, an unbeaten match-winning 151 at Trent Bridge, which appeared at the time to have denied their neighbours the title.

But, although helped by the fact that Andre Adams did not take the field because of a groin strain, this knock was arguably an even better effort in the circumstances.

His partner Oliver Hannon-Dalby contributed just 2 in a last-wicket stand of 82.

Yorkshire began the second day on 213-5 with a lead of 70 but things did not go entirely to plan early on.

Adil Rashid added only a single to his overnight 39 before he played round a ball from Samit Patel and was bowled.

Richard Pyrah had his stumps hit by Luke Fletcher after one kept low.

David Wainwright gave valuable support to Gale until he drove a gentle return catch to Patel.

And, in the following over, Sidebottom was lbw to Paul Franks without scoring, leaving Yorkshire on 254-9.

It looked as if Gale, on 67, would be denied his century, but he managed to farm the bowling.

And, once he had completed three figures, he moved into hurricane mode, planting consecutive balls from Fletcher high over midwicket for six.

Becalmed by lunch, it all ended shortly after the interval when Hannon-Dalby was caught at second slip off Charlie Shreck.

It did not take long for Nottinghamshire's top order to hit trouble again, Franks' middle stump being struck so hard by Sidebottom that it had to be changed.

Mark Wagh's off-stump was flattened by Pyrah's 10th delivery and, in the next over Patel bagged a pair when he was bowled by his former Notts and England team-mate Sidebottom.

At 38-3, the indignity of a two-day finish looked on the cards but the visitors' resolve was stiffened by a 105-run stand between Hales and Voges.

Hales made 83 off 112 balls, before standing no chance of keeping out a shooter from Pyrah which hit the base of his off-stump.

Pyrah went on to remove Voges for 42 before being rested with figures of 15-8-19-3, Sidebottom returning to deepen Nottinghamshire's gloom by getting Ali Brown caught behind.


BBC Radio 5Live's Kevin Howells:

"As exhilarating as it was to watch Andrew Gale bat like he did, the bowling was such a letdown. The loss of Andre Adams to a groin injury really told.

"Gale's runs will serve him well in a packed field of middle- order contenders for England.

"He's also developing a knack of bringing about bowling changes which bring almost instant success and he's not afraid to make those changes if a bowler has just taken a wicket."

BBC Radio Nottinghamshire's Dave Bracegirdle:

"Gale and Hales are usually terms more commonly associated with the weather bulletin rather than a cricket report but they took the batting honours on day two.

"Gale's effort was astonishing, given that he was only on 67 when last man Oliver Hannon-Dalby joined him.

"Hales didn't quite reach those Herculean heights but his 83, following his 85 in the first knock, was a terrific innings, reinforcing the general consensus that he has a big future."