Third straight Championship title would be 'unbelievable' - Andrew Gale

Andrew Gale parades the County Championship trophy at Villa Park in 2014 - now he has eyes on a third success in a row
Andrew Gale parades the County Championship trophy at Villa Park in 2014 - now he has eyes on a third success in a row
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Andrew Gale says he and his Yorkshire team-mates need no extra motivation to try to clinch a third County Championship title in a row, a feat he says would be "unbelievable" to achieve.

Having won in both 2014 and 2015, Yorkshire are still in contention to make it three in a row, something which hasn't been achieved since they did it between 1966 and 1968.

Asked about his aims for the rest of the season, Gale, Yorkshire's club captain, said: "My personal goal is to keep scoring runs for Yorkshire in the long format, in Championship cricket."

He then started to talk about the team and what they could potentially achieve in the coming months.

"As a team, we're sat at the halfway stage of the season in mid-table, challenging for a third Championship in a row," he said at the Pro Coach Academy at Headingley.

"To win a hat-trick of titles would be unbelievable and it hasn't been done since the early 60s," he added, proving he knows his cricket history as well as anybody.

"I don't think we need any (extra) motivation - personally or as a team - to go on and try and win that," he concluded.

Yorkshire currently lie sixth in Division One but are just 12 points behind Durham in second and have a game in hand over leaders Middlesex, who are 13 points further ahead.

Surrey, who won the title seven times between 1952 and 1958 as well as the first three Championships between 1890 and 1892, and Lancashire, who did a hat-trick between 1926 and 1928, are the only other teams to manage the feat of winning three titles in a row.

Before doing so in the 1960s, Yorkshire also managed it between 1900 and 1902, again between 1922 and 1925, between 1931 and 1933, and between 1937 and 1939.

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