Gale encouraged by Tykes' resilience

31 May 2021 20:16:34 GMTPlus10

Yorkshire coach Andrew Gale says his team will come back stronger after their County Championship defeat to Roses rivals Lancashire.

Gale's men, who were beaten by an innings and 79 runs at Old Trafford, are 8/1 to win the County Championship and are currently 11/2 to claim a first T20 Blast title this summer.

The damage was done on the first morning in Manchester when Yorkshire were reduced to 40-7 and centuries from Lancashire's Keaton Jennings and Josh Bohannon helped the hosts claim a 350-run first-innings lead.

However, Gale was impressed by the fight shown by his batsmen in their second innings as they almost held out for an unlikely draw.

Openers Adam Lyth and Tom Kohler-Cadmore put on 72 in 38.3 overs before Harry Brook (52) and England all-rounder Dom Bess (46 off 151 balls) also frustrated Lancashire.

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However, home fast bowler Saqib Mahmood eventually wrapped up victory, finishing with second-innings figures of 5-47, to strengthen Lancashire's position at the top of Group Three.

England batsmen Dawid Malan and Gary Ballance should be back in the Yorkshire 11 for Thursday's clash with Sussex at Headingley and Gale has called on his team to make a stronger start than they managed at Old Trafford.   

Speaking to the club's official website, Gale said: "Next week's team will look a lot different when you bring Dawid Malan and Gary Ballance into it, who have 70 first-class hundreds between them.

"A lot of teams would have faded away and it [would have] been done in two-and-a-half days. But I think you've seen the character and resilience in this side. They don't just lay down and die. We have just got to find a way of getting ahead of the game."

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