Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Gale keen to spring more surprises

Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale insists the White Rose will continue to play no-fear cricket when they take on the best Twenty20 sides in the world in the Champions League.

Gale's team qualified for the main event by beating Sri Lanka's Uva Next and West Indian champions Trinidad & Tobago to top their pool.

The Yorkshire skipper was pleased to continue the county's T20 adventure. The Headingley outfit earned the right to compete in South Africa after reaching the final of the domestic competition, their first ever trip to finals day and most sport updates think they can go further than many expected.

"We're really looking forward to the rollercoaster. We're going to be playing against some of the guys that we watch on TV," Gale said.

"We're going to go in with a no-fear attitude and see where it takes us. Even if we lose every single game, that's okay."

Yorkshire have joined IPL heavyweights Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, Sydney Sixers (Australia) and Highveld Lions (South Africa) in Group B.

The group represents a tough challenge for Yorkshire, the least fancied of the 10 finalists among punters who bet on sport. Gale, however, is keen to cause a few upsets along the way.

"We certainly don't fear anyone and we can now go into the main tournament with our heads held high," said Gale.

"We've got a really good team spirit, we did exceptionally well in the English domestic competition and we're ready to take on the big stage."

Yorkshire begin their campaign against Sydney Sixers in Cape Town on October 16 before taking on Mumbai Indians at the same venue two days later. They face Highveld Lions in Johannesburg on October 20 and complete the group stage against Chennai Super Kings in Durban on October 22.

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