Yorkshire County Cricket Club have been dealt a poor hand this season. The northerners, after sinking to second-bottom in Division One, have now lost their captain and linchpin, Andrew Gale, to injury. The batsman broke his arm in a training session on Saturday, the result of a particularly fierce delivery from bowler Oliver Hannon-Dalby.
Gale informed his fans of the incident via Twitter, writing, “[I am] gutted. These things happen though”. The 27-year-old has been described as “one of the more reliable” players for Yorkshire in 2011. He will certainly be missed at the crease over the coming games, as Yorkshire’s desperate battle for survival in the County Championship intensifies. The online cricket betting suggests they could be in real trouble.
“It’s not good, but we’ve got to get on with it”, Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire’s chief of cricket, said. “We’ve got other people who can come in and hopefully fill the gap.”
The Yorkshire-born player has already missed one game this week, due to the condition. The fixture, against Derbyshire in the Clydesdale Bank 40, was a bust for the Headingley club; Yorkshire lost by six wickets, helping Derbyshire climb up to third place in their group. Fans of the Tykes will be hoping that the dour result is not a sign of things to come, in the absence of Andrew Gale.
Yorkshire will play Sussex on Wednesday, in a match that could seriously affect the former side’s survival prospects in the league. Yorkshire must chase down Worcestershire, at third-bottom, to stand any chance of avoiding the drop to Division Two. However, Worcestershire have a game in hand over the northerners, and an additional 4.0 points on Yorkshire’s 98.0. The Betfair Michael Vaughan tips suggest a tight finish, but Yorkshire have a lot to do.
Gale, who has a batting average of 40.47, is expected to miss the rest of the 2011 season.