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Gung-ho approach is not Andrew Gale's way any more
Captain Andrew Gale insists title-chasing Yorkshire will not go forcing results unnecessarily during the last three weeks of the LV= County Championship season in the same way they did in the final match of 2010 against Kent at Headingley.
The White Rose county, in Gale’s first term as captain, went into the last day of the season with a chance of winning the title alongside eventual champions Nottinghamshire and Somerset.
They were well placed at 93-1 in their second innings with a lead of 52 before losing their last nine wickets for just 37 runs in 9.1 overs to slip to 130 all out in a flurry of injudicious shots.
Relegated Kent chased down 90 to win and end their hosts’ chances of glory.
Had Yorkshire won, they would have been champions because other results went their way.
Gale knows the bull-in-a-china-shop approach was the wrong way to go now. But, as they say, hindsight is a wonderful thing.
Yorkshire are 14.5 points behind leaders Durham heading into Wednesday's clash with Sussex at Hove, knowing they have to win matches if they are to claim the Championship for the first time since 2001.
They may even have to win all three of their remaining fixtures against Sussex, Middlesex and Surrey.
“As a captain, I learned a few lessons. I just need to make sure the boys concentrate on their processes and don’t try too hard to force results really, like we did during that last day against Kent,” admitted Gale.
“It’s a totally different set of players from back then with a lot more experience.
“They know how to play in these situations. We took our eye off the process back then.
“We know how to win games of cricket, and we don’t have to force results if we play as we can do.
“It is out of our hands because of what Durham can do, but we need to set our stall out to win the last three games.
“We did it last season, so there’s no reason why we can’t do it again.”
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