Cricket: Gale stays grounded despite Tykes win

Yorkshie Vikings' Andrew Gale bats during the NatWest T20 Blast at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. Picture: Simon Cooper/PA Wire.
Yorkshie Vikings' Andrew Gale bats during the NatWest T20 Blast at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. Picture: Simon Cooper/PA Wire.
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Captain Andrew Gale is refusing to get carried away by his or Yorkshire’s form after they made it two wins out of two in this season’s NatWest T20 Blast by beating Nottinghamshire by six wickets.

Set to score 144 at Trent Bridge last night, the visitors chased down their target with seven balls to spare, with Gale leading from the front with an unbeaten 68.

“I wasn’t as fluent as I would have liked, I thought I was a little bit rusty in parts,” said Gale. “I had a poor year last year in T20 cricket and I wanted some runs this year and I’ve managed to do that in the first two games so I’m pleased with my contribution.

“I knew if we could win tonight it would give us lots of confidence but it’s a long tournament, there’s lots of games to go and we know how fast things can turn in T20. I don’t think we’ve ever won more than once or twice at Trent Bridge in this format.

“Notts have got a fantastic record here at Trent Bridge and there’s always a good crowd here, who get right behind them.”

Gale scored his runs from 55 balls, hitting five fours and a six and in the process he became the first Yorkshire batsman to pass 2,000 runs in T20 cricket.

On reaching his milestone, Gale added: “I’m delighted but I want to push on now and there’s no reason why I can’t play long enough to score 3, 000 or even 4,000.”

The Outlaws, without Alex Hales, posted 143 for seven after being asked to bat first, with Samit Patel top-scoring with 41, made from 27 deliveries.”

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