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Off The Mark - How it all began for...Andrew Gale

As a youngster, Andrew Gale had ambitions to play a different sport but says he ended up becoming a cricketer almost by accident.

Gale has played well over 300 matches for Yorkshire since making his debut in 2004, also representing England Under19s and England Lions.

However, his route into the game was, as he put it, a bit of a happy accident.

"I got into cricket by accident, really," he said at the GM Pro Coach Academy at Headingley.

"I had some older friends that lived on the same street as me and they used to go up to the cricket club every Friday night, so I started tagging along with them.

"Coming through the ranks my ambition was always to become a footballer for Huddersfield Town but I was too fat and too slow for that," he jokes.

"I started getting decent at cricket at 14, 15, years old and eventually got picked up on the Yorkshire Academy."

From there, he went on to receive his Yorkshire cap in 2008 and first captained the club in 2010.

During his time as a Yorkshire player, he has helped them win two County Championships and this year they are bidding for a hat-trick.

"I played for Gomersall Cricket Club until I was 13," Gale reveals when asked about his first club.

"Then quite a few of my family members played for a another club called Cleckheaton so I played in the Bradford League for Cleckheaton which I still call my home club now."

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