Andrew Gale eyes further success for champions Yorkshire

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County champions Yorkshire's bid to emulate their famed 1960s counterparts starts right now, according to captain Andrew Gale.

Yorkshire sealed their second-straight championship crown on the opening day against Middlesex at Lord's on Wednesday, with Gale challenging the squad not to loosen their league stranglehold.

Ryan Sidebottom's three-wicket maiden stunned the hosts to 106 all-out, with Nottinghamshire's 204 against Durham sending the title back to Yorkshire.


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Gale cannot wait to lift the silverware at the completion of the Middlesex clash after being denied the privilege last season - and is intent on doing so following a victory.

"We really believe we can win three in a row," said Gale, keen for Yorkshire to claim a first treble since 1968.

"To back it up with the second is important, but when the time is right we will challenge ourselves again.

"A lot of people don't win a championship in their career, so to be given another opportunity is overwhelming."

Yorkshire won seven titles in nine years between 1959 and 1968, and Gale believes the current generation can build a similar legacy.

Gale was barred from taking part in the official trophy presentation last season owing to a two-match ban for verbal abuse.

The 31-year-old revelled in early celebrations of Yorkshire's second-straight title, but vowed not to let the exuberance lead to a loss of focus.

Gale wants Yorkshire to set new points and wins records for the season, with two more four-day clashes to follow the Lord's match.

"There's a massive determination to break those records, it's already been spoken about," said Gale, with Yorkshire ready to resume their first innings on 238 for nine on Thursday.

"And we don't just want to go past that record points and wins: we want to blast it so it's there for a number of years as well. Why not cash in while we're playing well?

"Last year, at that time when I got told I couldn't lift the trophy I thought this might be my only opportunity, but that's gone now and as soon as I came back from that ban everyone got behind me.

"It's been a big driver in my own game, every gym session, every team talk, I've tried to make sure we're on it as a team. And fortunately the lads have done the job.

"If you can't lift it at home the best place to lift it is at Lord's."

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