Gale blows Bears away

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Michael Lumb

Michael Lumb

Yorkshire left-hander Andrew Gale plundered a maiden century at Scarborough to put his side in complete control on the second day of their Liverpool Victoria County Championship match with Warwickshire.

Gale, whose previous best score in the competition was 29, thrashed his way to 149 from 208 balls with 23 fours and a six before he was bowled attempting to sweep left-arm spinner Paul Harris.

He took part in a 117-run stand for the fifth wicket with Michael Lumb, whose 57 contained 10 fours and came off 101 deliveries, and later totally dominated an alliance of 162 in 32 overs with wicketkeeper Gerard Brophy to post a seventh-wicket record for the county against Warwickshire.

Brophy was last out for 97 to the final ball of the day, Yorkshire’s innings closing on 536 to give them a first-innings lead of 335.

Gale survived a chance on 51 when he was put down by Mark Wagh at mid-off and Tim Ambrose missed a late stumping opportunity, but for the rest of the time the batsman was in total control with many of his runs coming from stinging drives through the off side.

Warwickshire, however, were guilty of some very shoddy fielding and their only player to emerge from the day with much credit was Harris, who bowled 44 overs in only his second championship match to claim five wickets.

Yorkshire were already in a strong position at the start of the second day when they resumed on 122 for two and trailing by only 79 but they soon lost Joe Sayers, who drove Neil Carter low to Ian Westwood at cover and departed for 72 from 128 balls with 14 boundaries.

Nightwatchman Jason Gillespie batted positively until he had reached 25 when he edged Carter to Ambrose to leave Yorkshire on 160 for four, but Gale made sure that they did not stumble any further.

Once he had departed to a standing ovation from the 4,000 crowd, Brophy soon lost Tim Bresnan lbw to Harris, but he then struck the same bowler over long-on for six on his way to his first half-century for Yorkshire off 103 balls.

Yorkshire gained maximum batting bonus points for the first time this season and Brophy and Steve Patterson had steamed the score on to 504 for eight at the 130-overs stage.

A throw at the stumps by Jonathan Trott missed and killed a pigeon grazing on the square before Carter picked up his fourth wicket by bowling Patterson.

Brophy worked his way to 97 but in searching for a boundary off the day’s last ball from Harris he was bowled after receiving 146 balls and hitting 11 fours and a six.

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