Thursday 18 September 2008 

Gale And Rashid Given Yorkshire Caps At Scarborough

Scarborough played host to a double capping ceremony today when Andrew Gale and Adil Rashid were handed the treasured piece of 1st XI headwear by Yorkshire captain Darren Gough.

Gough, who is celebrating his 38th birthday today, broke with convention to give rather than receive before play started on day two of Yorkshire’s crucial LV County Championship match against Somerset.

Andrew Gale, the 24-year-old Dewsbury-born left-hander, sustained an elbow injury prior to the current game which has prevented his participation in the match, but he returned to North Marine Road this morning to receive his full county cap. Andrew started the season as a one-day team regular and reinforced his limited over credentials by being the star of Yorkshire Carnegie’s pre-season march to lift the Pro ARCH Trophy. Previously he had been on the periphery of the 1st XI in 4-day cricket but has taken his chance in the LV County Championship this season with both hands and scored 868 first-class runs to date this summer at an average of 39.45. In May he set a new first-class best of 150 against Surrey at The Brit Oval.

Andrew Gale said: "This is definitely one of the proudest moments of my career as it is every young Yorkshire lads dream to receive your county cap. The season has gone really well, although I'm obviously a bit disappointed to miss out on this current game through injury as I've got one eye on a thousand runs for the season, bit I'm very pleased that I've cemented my place in the Yorkshire side in all forms of the game. Today is very special."

Yorkshire ’s Director of Professional Cricket, Martyn Moxon , said: "Galey has now scored over 3,000 runs for the county and has enjoyed a good Championship season scoring three hundreds. He has now played more than one hundred times for the Yorkshire 1st Team in all forms of cricket and he is a batsman that I hope has a very bright future for the county."

Adil Rashid, still only 20-years-old, continues to go from strength-to strength. He has taken over 50 first-class wickets this season to add to the excellent start he has made to his Yorkshire career. The Bradford-born leg-spinner took a career best 7-107 against Hampshire at The Rose Bowl in August surpassed his debut 6-67 against Warwickshire at Scarborough in 2006. An exciting wristy batsmen with well over a thousand first-class runs under his belt and an excellent fielder, Adil has now become a 1st Team regular in all forms of cricket.

Martyn Moxon said: "Adil has continued to take wickets this year and has also established himself in the one-day side. He has developed and improved again this summer and fully deserves to receive his county cap."

Andrew Gale becomes Yorkshire cap number 164 and Adil Rashid will wear number 163.

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