Saturday, August 25, 2012

Gale Eyeing Champs League Glory

Yorkshire captain, Andrew Gale, is hoping the chance to play in the Champions League will ease some of the pain of losing in the T20 final against Hampshire.
Following a spectacular day’s cricket at the Swalec Stadium in Cardiff, the result went down to the final over, with Yorkshire needing 14 runs to win.

However, a fine display of bowling by Chris Wood snared three Yorkshire wickets and ensured a Hampshire victory by 10 runs.

Despite the agony of defeat, Yorkshire do have the consolation of a place in the qualifying phase of the Champions League, a point emphasised by England legend, Michael Vaughan.

They face the Auckland Aces of New Zealand and Pakistan’s Sialkot Stallions in the qualifying group in October, giving them the chance to reach the finals stages, where they will compete against some of the best T20 teams of the world.

The competition is growing in stature each year, with the success of T20 leading to an impressive set of domestic leagues – lead, of course, by the megabucks IPL.

Gale believes that the chance to compete with such sides is a fantastic opportunity, and one that they should grab with both hands, despite the agony of their final defeat.

"I like to think we can compete with the best teams in the world," he said. "We only lost the match in the last two or three balls of the final and that shows we have come a very long way in a short space of time." 

"It would have been nice to spray that champagne around but what we have achieved as a club can make us all proud. We now have a trip to South Africa and will be playing the best Twenty20 teams in the world."

Continuing with the theme of short-form cricket, the T20 World Cup odds on Betfair should be your first stop for information on the upcoming event.     

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