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Watch the ECB Video interviews with Joe Root and Andrew Gale after Yorkshire clinched their place at Friends Life t20 Finals Day for the first time

Andrew Gale is not about to rest on the laurels of leading Yorkshire to their first ever Friends Life t20 finals day.

The White Rose will line up alongside Somerset, Sussex and Hampshire at the SWALEC Stadium next month after overcoming Worcestershire by 29 runs at Headingley Carnegie last night.

Joe Root and David Miller both hit half-centuries before some belligerent late hitting from Gary Ballance, who ended unbeaten on 46, propelled Yorkshire to 212 for five.

Worcestershire made a good fist of their response as Phil Hughes concluded a superb individual campaign in the shortest form with 80 from 53 deliveries, but the required rate eventually spiralled away from them in the closing overs.

"A fantastic effort," was Gale's verdict when he spoke to ecb.co.uk afterwards. "I thought we played some really, really good cricket throughout today under pressure and we're really, really pleased to be going to finals day.

Andrew Gale

Andrew Gale hits out during last night's win over Hampshire and the Yorkshire captain is targeting glory on Friends Life t20 finals day

"Joe Root's intent coming in at three (was great) and then Dave Miller and Gaz Ballance played some fantastic shots in those last six or seven overs and got us to a really big total.

"I think they were in front of the rate for a lot of the overs, they just didn't have the explosion that we had at the end. But fair play to Worcester for keeping up with that rate.

"We've done exceptionally well to get to Cardiff, but we want to go there and win it."

One man who could have a significant influence on events in the Welsh capital is England Lions batsman Root.

The 21-year-old followed up an authoritative 65 with a virtuoso piece of fielding on the boundary to help remove Worcestershire's James Cameron as the game remained in the balance.

"We've played well throughout the competition and to make sure we got through to finals day was fantastic," he told ecb.co.uk.

"To be as convincing as we were with the win was outstanding from all the lads.

"That's the best score we've got all year and to do it with the pressure of a quarter-final, having never been to finals day, just proves how hard we've worked throughout the season and how good a side we actually are.

"They played fantastically, Phil Hughes in particular - that was a great knock.

"They put us under a lot of pressure. For a large percentage of the time, especially early on, I'm sure the bowlers felt under quite a bit of pressure and to deal with it the way they did was fantastic."

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