Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Lack of Consistency Cost Us Dearly Admits Gale

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Lack of Consistency Cost Us Dearly Admits Gale

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YORKSHIRE coach Andrew Gale has labelled his county's Royal London One-Day Cup campaign as "inconsistent".

Last weekend the Vikings failed to qualify for the knockout stages of the 50-over competition for the first time in six years.

They were hurt badly by ties against Warwickshire and Derbyshire and a one-run home defeat to Lancashire.

In the end, Yorkshire finished sixth in the North Group on seven points, winning twice in eight matches.

"It feels like one step forwards, two backwards," said Gale.

"You're so encouraged by things that you see, and then you think: 'Why have we played like that?' "We are where we are in the table because we played inconsistent cricket.

"Our white-ball cricket over the last few years, I feel, has been getting better and better. But you look at some of the games and how well we played, and that makes this even more frustrating because we did some really good stuff.

"Look at the first game against Leicester and how we batted against Derby. But you have to do both right - bat and ball - for long enough. We either batted well or bowled poorly or vice versa."

The two games that Gale mentioned, against Leicestershire and Derbyshire at Emerald Headingley, Yorkshire racked up scores of 379 for seven and 308 for two, the latter from 40 overs before rain ruined their chances of topping 400.

Ultimately, the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method intervened and set Derbyshire a target of 225 in 22 overs. The game finished tied.

The fact that only two batsmen, Gary Ballance and Harry Brook, scored centuries was costly, particularly given they both came in the same game against Leicestershire on the opening day.

"The two games in the middle against Lancs and Derby, we should have got over the line," said Gale.

"Those are the two games that cost us qualification. We should definitely have won against Derbyshire. …

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