Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale was visibly delighted to have smacked a record-breaking 272 for Yorkshire against Nottinghamshire at North Marine Road yesterday, but he was very quick to praise his teammates’ batting form in the past few county matches.
Gale, chatting at the close of play, said: “I saw earlier today that Jacques Rudolph’s name was up on the top of the wooden board in the changing rooms with 220 and I wanted to get past that.
“And I wanted not to just make my way past it but to make a real big one. If I had known Martyn Moxon’s highest score in first-class cricket was 274 then I would have tried that little bit harder to get those extra two runs, but I am proud of what I have achieved today.
“I see Jacques (Rudolph) has already been on Twitter to say well done. I have just seen him in the changing rooms and it was nice to go past his score.”
The former Driffield batsman, who used to play for the town against Scarborough in the Yorkshire League as a youngster, added: “I have played a lot at Scarborough and have got a good record here. I always bring my family here, my mum, my dad, my wife and our young baby have come here this week so it was nice to get a big score in front of them.”
When Gale came to the crease towards the end of day two, the hosts were 27-3 chasing Nottinghamshire’s 443, and the Tykes looked to be facing a difficult task to avoid the follow-on.
The captain admitted:”I guess you always get judged as a player on your contributions and how important they are towards the team and I thought in this case it was an important contribution with the team at 30-3, a tricky situation to get us past the follow-on and then bat past it, it was a good contribution today.
“The good thing about us at the moment is that someone is always standing up and making a contribution and we are not just relying on one person, if one man fails we are geting another who does well.
“A lot of people said when Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root went off with England that we would struggle but people are standing up to be counted in that dressing room, they are all making that step up,
“I don’t think there is any one thing that is handing us this good form it is about application of the individual batsman to the task and it is paying off with the likes of Adil Rashid, Adam Lyth, and now myself and Gary Ballance, all getting big tons in recent weeks.”