Gritty ton by Gales earns Tykes a draw

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A DEFIANT century by Yorkshire skipper Andrew Gale carried his side to safety against County Championship leaders Durham as the rain-affected match was shortened at Chester-le-Street yesterday.

Gale’s second century of the season came off 192 balls and he was unbeaten on 101 at the close of play with Yorkshire 57 ahead on 280 for four.

But they took only five points from the match and slipped to next to bottom courtesy of Worcestershire’s win against Hampshire.

Adam Lyth made his season’s best score of 69 and the third left-hander, Gary Ballance, contributed 53 to an unbroken stand of 120.

The only chance given by either of the fifth-wicket pair came with Ballance on 23, when Gordon Muchall was unable to hang on to a sharp head-high chance at first slip off Callum Thorp.

Gale was very composed in an innings which spanned almost four hours, looking solid in defence while also hitting 15 fours.

Durham were not helped by the absence of Paul Collingwood who was ruled out with a groin injury picked up while making a century yesterday.