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Gale goes big in Scarborough draw

Andrew Gale continued his epic innings at Scarborough as he and his Yorkshire side set a fresh batch of records on the final day of the LV= County Championship Division One match with Nottinghamshire, which ended in a predicable draw.

The Yorkshire captain, on 159 overnight when the score was 358 for four, went on to make 272, the 13th highest score in the county's history and the third highest since the Second World War, behind Darren Lehmann’s 339 against Durham in 2006 and Martyn Moxon’s unbeaten 274 against Worcestershire in 1994.

Gale's splendid effort, which spanned 404 balls and included 25 fours and four sixes, saw him register 62 more runs than he had managed in his previous nine championship innings this season.

The end for Gale came when he miscued Samit Patel high towards point and wicketkeeper Chris Read dashed to catch the ball close to the ground.

Soon after, Gale declared at 572 for eight - Yorkshire's highest score against Nottinghamshire, overtaking their 562 at Bradford Park Avenue in 1899.

That gave the White Rose a first-innings lead of 129 with a minimum of 46 overs remaining and the visitors were 105 for one when a halt was called.

By the time Gary Ballance was caught behind flashing at Paul Franks this morning for a career-best 141, his partnership with Gale stood at 297, Yorkshire’s best for the fifth wicket since 1899.

Adil Rashid, boasting a championship average of 254.50 and centuries in his last three matches, drove Luke Fletcher to cover before he had scored, but wicketkeeper Andrew Hodd then joined Gale in a seventh-wicket alliance of 121.

Gale was visibly tiring and could have been out to any one of four consecutive balls from Ajmal Shahzad on 199 before turning a single to long leg.

After tea, he thumped Patel for six over midwicket to reach 247, making him the top-scoring Yorkshire batsman in a match at North Marine Road.

There was sufficient time left in the game for Gale to go beyond Yorkshire's highest individual score of 341 by George Hirst in 1905 but any such thoughts vanished with his dismissal to Patel. Unsurprisingly, Gale received a standing ovation from around the ground as he made his way back to the pavilion.

Yorkshire were 552 for seven upon his departure and the innings continued until Hodd was caught by Harry Gurney for 40 to bring Patel his third wicket.

There was brief hope of Yorkshire causing an upset when the out-of-touch Alex Hales fell lbw to Steven Patterson with the score on six. Ed Cowan should have gone in the next over from Ryan Sidebottom but he was dropped by Adam Lyth at second slip.

Cowan and Michael Lumb then successfully applied themselves to the task of batting until 5pm when the draw was agreed.

The Australian hit the last two balls of the match from Alex Lees for fours to reach 53 while Lumb remained unbeaten on 47.

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