Yorkshire award benefit year to title winning captain Andrew Gale

Yorkshire skipper Andrew Gale
Yorkshire skipper Andrew Gale
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Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale has been awarded a benefit year for 2016, the White Rose county confirmed this morning.

Gale, who has led Yorkshire to back-to-back County Championships, is Yorkshire's second most successful captain - after the late Brian Close - and became the county's youngest professional skipper when he took over the reins in 2009.

Yorkshire celebrate their title win

Yorkshire celebrate their title win

Gale also formerly captained the England Under-19 team, and was named in the England Performance Squad for their trip to South Africa in 2009-10.

"I am immensely proud to be awarded a benefit year and I would like to thank the club for the opportunity,” said Gale, who has been an ever-present member of the Yorkshire side since he made his senior debut in 2002.

"I have represented Yorkshire since I was 10 years old, and love every minute of pulling on the White Rose shirt.

"I have had some great times at the club, particularly the last few years where we have enjoyed some success. Although I am probably nearer the back of my career than the start, I still have a burning desire to continue to drive the club to more success."