Dales cricketers blown away by Gale

Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale with Fylingdales skipper Barry Heyes at the village side's awards evening
Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale with Fylingdales skipper Barry Heyes at the village side's awards evening
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Yorkshire skipper Andrew Gale was guest of honour at Fylingdales Cricket Club’s annual awards evening.

Gale, who is now recognised as the second most successful post-war captain alongside the late Brian Close, gave an open and honest overview of the seasons prior to the winning of successive Championships, together with the joy of the past two years.

His insight into on-and-off field experiences included some interesting tales about what takes place behind closed doors in the team dressing room.

Following his speech, a series of questions were put to Gale by club members at the event which took place at the Victoria Hotel, Robin Hood’s Bay.

Fylingdales CC secretary Philip E Dunn said: “It was a great pleasure to have Andrew as our principal guest in what has been a memorable year for Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

“It was such a successful evening and would not have been possible without the help of a number of businesses, including White Rose Taxis and Whitby Carpet Cleaning, who have now supported the club over a period of time.”

Former chairman Bill Estill gave an overview of the year that included reference to the highs and lows of running a village cricket club.

He made specific mention to the work being done with the junior squad, in that there had been between 15 and 20 junior players attending practice nights, something he views as a sign of sustainability for the club.

Club president Richard Gibson presented the annual awards for the club’s two senior teams and said that he was encouraged to see younger members of the sides receiving recognition for their performance.