Skipper Gale backs revamped festival format

Yorkshire skipper Andrew Gale can't wait to get back in action at North Marine Road

Yorkshire skipper Andrew Gale can't wait to get back in action at North Marine Road

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Yorkshire skipper Andrew Gale is delighted that the Scarborough Cricket Festival has been revamped for 2014.

Gale leads his side into three crucial clashes at North Marine Road next week, starting with Essex in the Royal London Cup on Monday.

Speaking to the The Scarborough News, Gale said: “There’s a lot of history and tradition surrounding the Scarborough Cricket Festival and it’s great that it’s going back to traditional format.

“It’s a big spectacle and we love playing at Scarborough.

“Our record as a team and mine personally both speak for themselves and we’ll be looking for that run to continue next week.

“The pitch at Scarborough is one of the best in the country and it’s one that suits our style of play too.

“There’s always good pace on the ball there and that suits me too.

“I feel in good form at the moment and hopefully that’ll continue at Scarborough.

“It will be a case of carrying on where I left off last time against Middlesex and I hppe that will happen.

Gale is hoping local cricket fans will turn out in force to back his side as they approach the business end of their season with three crucial fixtures.

He added: “We always get good support there and hopefully that will continue next week as we have some exciting fixtures.

“Essex are a very good team, especially in the t20 and one day formats, so we’ll need to be at our best, and Derbyshire can beat anyone on their day.

“The big game will be the Championship game against Sussex at the end of the week.

“We’re sitting nicely at the top of the table and we’re getting into the business end of the season now.”