LV= County Championship: Yorkshire and Andrew Gale pile on the runs
Last Updated: 08/06/13 6:19pm
Andrew Gale: a marathon innings
Andrew Gale continued his epic innings at Scarborough as Yorkshire drew with Nottinghamshire.
Andrew Gale continued his epic innings at Scarborough as he and his Yorkshire side set a fresh batch of records on the final day of the LV= County Championship Division One match with Nottinghamshire which ended in a predicable draw.
The Yorkshire captain, on 159 overnight when the score was 358-4, went on to make 272, the 13th highest score in the county's history and the third highest since the Second World War.
The only ones to exceed it since were Darren Lehmann's 339 against Durham in 2006 and Martyn Moxon's unbeaten 274 against Worcestershire in 1994, Yorkshire's current director of professional cricket watching Gale fall just two runs short of his own score.
Gale's splendid effort contained 62 runs more than he had made in his previous nine Championship innings this season and his knock lasted just shy of nine hours, coming off 404 balls and included 25 fours and four sixes.
The end for Gale came when he miscued Samit Patel high towards point and wicketkeeper Chris Read dashed to catch the ball close to the ground.
Soon after, Gale declared at 572 for eight, Yorkshire's highest score against Nottinghamshire, overtaking their 562 at Bradford Park Avenue in 1899.
That gave them a first-innings lead of 129 with a minimum of 46 overs remaining and the visitors were 105-1 when a halt was called.
There was brief hope of Yorkshire causing an upset when the out-of-touch Alex Hales fell lbw to Steve Patterson with the score on six and Ed Cowan should have gone in the next over from Ryan Sidebottom but he was badly dropped by Adam Lyth at second slip.
Cowan and Michael Lumb then successfully applied themselves to the task of batting until 5pm when the draw was agreed with Nottinghamshire on 105 for one in 24 overs, Cowan hitting the last two balls of the match from Alex Lees for fours to reach 53 while Lumb remained unbeaten on 47.