Big target set for Gale’s Tykes

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YORKSHIRE have been set a contrived target of 400 to win in 111 overs at Bristol against Gloucestershire.

The host’s first-innings total of 351 for nine included the last 52 runs scored in just 3.1 overs off the bowling of Yorkshire skipper Andrew Gale and Adam Lyth.

The visitors forfeited their first innings and Gloucestershire crawled to 48 without loss off 27 overs before declaring, having set the target. Yorkshire closed on 30 for one from 15 overs. The home side were 299 for nine and the chief point of interest appeared to be whether they would get a third batting point.

But the match took an unexpected twist as Gale introduced first Lyth and then himself to the attack, in an effort to feed the opposition runs. There was the strange sight of Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie ‘fielding’ outside the boundary rope to throw the ball back as Saxelby (27 not out) and McCarter (29 not out) blasted a succession of full tosses and long hops.

Gloucestershire ended up with four batting points and Yorkshire three bowling points. But more contrived cricket was to come as the home side batted again. Openers Chris Dent and Benny Howell took their time and were rarely threatened in their stand of 48.

Yorkshire set about their task. Lyth was dropped on 10 at first slip by Alex Gidman off Saxelby before Will Gidman made the breakthrough with the score on 14. Joe Sayers was caught behind for one.