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Gale left frustrated as weather turns on Tykes
10:58am Monday 16th September 2013 in Sport
YORKSHIRE captain Andrew Gale admitted that he was a frustrated cricketer after rain and bad light led to his side’s vital Division One game against Sussex being drawn on Saturday.
As the players shook hands on the pavilion balcony at Hove, news came through that Durham were on the verge of beating Derbyshire and the leaders’ nine-wicket win means that second-placed Yorkshire must make up a 27.5 point gap over the last two games if they are to win the title.
“It’s very frustrating because the weather’s prevented us taking full command of the game and taking the full points,” said Gale as he reflected on four days in which bad light had been a constant concern.
“I do think that light is one part of cricket that needs attention.
For the umpires not to have some sort of technology for the light is ridiculous and it’s something the ECB needs to look at.’’ However, Gale defended his decision to set up a run chase on Saturday, when Yorkshire’s rarely-used bowlers sent down 32 overs from which the Sussex batsmen, chiefly Chris Nash and Rory Hamilton-Brown, plundered 285 runs. That left Yorkshire needing 333 in 64 overs to win the game and they reached 81- 2 when the weather closed in.
“It was an option to try to bowl them out but I thought our best chance of wining was chasing down a total,”
said Gale. “It was a good pitch and if we’d let the game take its natural course and then not got wickets in the first hour, I’m sure Sussex wouldn’t have set up a game.
“I thought it was best to go to their captain on Saturday morning and try to enforce some sort of game and the run chase was going well. We were never going to get the full 64 overs in and I told the boys to treat it as a 50-over chase really.’’ But Gale acknowledged that the results as Derby and Hove had left his side with the toughest of battles as they prepare for this week’s home game against Middlesex and their final match at Surrey.
“It looks like we have a tough mountain to climb and I’m pretty gutted really,” he admitted.
“Durham have played some good cricket over the last month and you have to take your hat off to them. The run they’ve had has been brilliant and we haven’t matched that.
We let ourselves down against them at Scarborough.
“So it’s theirs to lose but this is professional sport and you never know.
“If they slip up and we win there might be a ten-point deficit going into the last game.
“We won’t be giving up, that’s for sure.
“And I’m happy with the way the team’s gone about things.
“After Scarborough I was looking for a reaction from the players and I think we’ve seen a reaction from them.”
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