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Cleckheaton-Yorkshire double would go down a storm with Andrew Gale
What a summer it could be for Andrew Gale. Success for Yorkshire in the LV= County Championship coupled with a maiden JCT600 Bradford League title triumph for Cleckheaton would make 2013 one to remember for the rest of his days.
The White Rose county’s captain will be cheering on his boyhood club tomorrow when they travel to Woodlands in the final round of fixtures needing just four points to win the league.
Gale, who has been with Cleck since his early teens, has opted against making himself available for league action in light of Yorkshire’s position in the Championship heading into the last three weeks of the season.
“That would be fantastic,” said the 29-year-old when asked about the possibility of double celebrations. “Hopefully they’ll be first over the line, then we’ve got some work to do over the next few weeks. “They’ve come a long way since I first joined the club 15 or 16 years ago. They had a couple of good players, but they’ve really shown great ambition. Dave Worrall, who runs the club, has done a fantastic job.
“The process he’s gone through...he signed Ian Austin, brought up the club forward, and then John Wood. It’s been a really good progression.
“I feel a lot of pride because I know the people at the club and the hard work they’ve put in. Dave and Kevin Mitchell, they’re relentless with the hours they put into the club. Not just signing players, but putting functions on, raising money and awareness and bringing the juniors through.
“If you go down there on a training night, there’s a hundred kids down there. They’ve got a fantastic Academy, and it’s good to see them getting rewards and recognition for the work they put in.”
Gale has played once for Cleck this season, scoring 66 against Manningham Mills at the end of July when he was coming back from a broken hand.
“It was just a case of making sure my hand was right for when I came back to Championship cricket,” he added. “Cleckheaton have always been good like that. I sometimes feel a bit guilty coming in and taking someone’s spot for one game, but thankfully they’re quite happy to have me back.”
Meanwhile, Yorkshire go into their last three LV= County Championship matches with a 14.5 point deficit to make up on new leaders Durham, who beat Sussex inside three days at Emirates Durham yesterday.
The White Rose, second in Division One, travel to Hove to face Sussex on Wednesday.
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