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Frustrated Yorkshire skipper Andrew Gale wants to look at bad light
Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale admitted that he was a frustrated cricketer after rain and bad light led to his side’s vital LV= County Championship Division One game against Sussex being drawn on Saturday afternoon.
As the players shook hands on the pavilion balcony at Hove, news came through that Durham were on the verge of beating Derbyshire, and the league leaders’ eventual nine-wicket win means that second-placed Yorkshire must make up a 27.5 point gap over the last two games if they are to win the title.
“It’s very frustrating because the weather’s prevented us taking full command of the game,” said Gale as he reflected on four days in which bad light had been a constant concern.
“I do think that light is one part of cricket that needs attention. For the umpires not to have some sort of technology for the light is ridiculous and it’s something that the ECB needs to look at."
However, Gale defended his decision to set up a run chase on Saturday when Yorkshire’s rarely-used bowlers sent down 32 overs from which the Sussex batsmen plundered 285 runs.
That left Yorkshire needing 333 in 64 overs to win the game and they had reached 81-2 when the weather closed in.
“It was an option to try and bowl them out but I thought our best chance of winning was chasing down a total,” said Gale.
“It was a good pitch and if we’d let the game take its natural course and then not got wickets in the first hour, I’m sure Sussex wouldn’t have set up a game.
But Gale acknowledged that Saturday’s results had left his side with the toughest of battles as they prepare for this week’s home game against Middlesex.
“I’m pretty gutted really,” he admitted. “Durham have played some good cricket over the last month and you have to take your hat off to them. So it’s theirs to lose but this is professional sport and you never know.
“And I’m happy with the way the team’s gone about things. I was looking for a reaction from the players and I think we’ve seen a reaction from them.”
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