Proud Gale celebrates 1,000 runs for season

Yorkshire's captain Andrew Gale acknowledges the crowd's applause after reaching 50 in their final match of the season, against Sussex at Headingley (Picture: Dave Williams/cricketphotos.co.uk).
Yorkshire's captain Andrew Gale acknowledges the crowd's applause after reaching 50 in their final match of the season, against Sussex at Headingley (Picture: Dave Williams/cricketphotos.co.uk).
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Skipper Andrew Gale passed 1,000 Championship runs for the season as Yorkshire established a strong position against Sussex at Headingley yesterday.

Gale hit 67 before he was caught off Chris Liddle, and champions Yorkshire ended day three on 298 for nine - an overall lead of 301.

“To win the Championship and to get to 1,000 runs for the second time in my career makes me very proud,” Gale said.

“I knew I needed 61 at the start of my innings and I thought if I could get to 30 it would be on.

“We wanted a lead of 300-plus to be in a good position and we have achieved that. I have a big decision to make overnight as to whether to declare or bat on.

“I don’t think Sussex will be playing millionaire shots like they did in the first innings.”

Yorkshire need to win the game to set a new record of 11 victories in a season, while Sussex need at least a draw to stave off the threat of relegation.

A late unbeaten half-century from Tim Bresnan put Yorkshire in a commanding position, and he completed 5,000 career runs in first class cricket upon reaching 45.

The ninth wicket pair put on 43 together before Brooks was caught behind by Ben Brown off the final ball of the day from Sussex’s Lewis Hatchett.