Yorks skipper helps to tilt the Ballance at Scarborough

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Yorkshire, led by captain Andrew Gale and Gary Ballance who both made centuries, fought hard as they avoided the follow-on against Notts on the third day of their County Championship clash at sun-soaked Scarborough.

Gale, not always in the best of form this season, delighted a big crowd as Yorkshire, facing Notts 443, had their sights firstly on the 293 follow-on figure as their principal target.

Thanks to Gale, initially with Phil Jaques, 51, and then with Ballance in a double century stand, Yorkshire romped past the follow-on figure.

The Gale-Ballance partnership has currently put on 237 runs, with Gale on 159 and Ballance 103. At the close Yorkshire were 358-4.

Starting the day on 29-3, Gale and Jaques rebuilt the innings in the morning session, denying Notts the breakthrough they desire. The pair had put on 94 when Jaques fell to Samit Patel. But then Ballance joined his skipper and the pair put Notts to the sword with Gale reaching his century off 171 balls.

n Yorkshire have named 15-year-old right arm seamer Matthew Fisher in their squad to face Leicestershire in the Yorkshire Bank 40 competition at North Marine Road, Scarborough tomorrow (1.45pm).

If he plays, Fisher would be - 15 years and 212 days - the youngest post-war cricketer to play in one of England’s county competitions.

Yorkshire also hold the record for playing the youngest First-Class player, when wicketkeeper Barney Gibson played against Durham MCCU at the age of 15 years and 27 days on April 27 2011.

Earlier this week, Fisher, from York, took 6-25 against Leicestershire in a Second XI Trophy competition, the second-best figures in Yorkshire 2nds one-day Trophy matches. They have also named 17-year-old right-arm all rounder Ryan Gibson and Academy seamer Ben Coad. 18, who made his debut last week in Yorkshire’s YB40 defeat against Gloucestershire.