Gale: We can end our 12-year itch with a double

HAPPY: Andrew Gale, left, says his players are in form

HAPPY: Andrew Gale, left, says his players are in form

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YORKSHIRE can end their 12-year wait for silverware in the most emphatic of ways this summer – by winning the double, according to captain Andrew Gale.

Gale’s side beat Sussex in the LV= County Championship at Scarborough earlier in the week to go six points clear with three matches left.

The Vikings then travelled down to Southampton on Thursday and demolished Hampshire by six wickets with 127 balls to spare in pursuit of 173 as they secured a home quarter-final against Durham in the Royal London One-Day Cup next Thursday.

Yorkshire’s last title was the C&G Trophy in 2002 when they beat Somerset at Lord’s, which Gale watched from the stands.

“I think we are playing a brand of cricket that can win us the double this season,” revealed the White Rose skipper.

“All the lads are in good nick, and when we get out there, we are making sure we are executing our plans. You can see what our plans are in one-day cricket. To date, in both forms, we are going really well.

“That’s the aim. To still be in with a shout of two trophies going into the last month of the season is a great effort.

“We were pretty ruthless against Hampshire. I was thinking before the game how tricky they are as a side in one-day cricket. I know they had their eye on (Twenty20) Finals Day, but in a game like this, it’s important you get over the line and keep the momentum going.

“Durham are probably out of the Championship race, so they’re probably looking at this competition for a trophy.

“We have not won a one-day final for a long time, so we want to get through this quarter-final, then the semi-final and get to Lord’s.”

There will be no advanced ticket sales for the match next Thursday, with all tickets sold on the day.

Yorkshire members will be entitled to free entry, while adult tickets are £15, £10 for senior citizens, £5 juniors and £2 students.

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