Gale gets on his bike in California for charity ride

Following the frustration of missing the last month of the season with a broken arm, Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale is getting on his bike.

Gale and the club’s physio, Scot McAllister, hope to raise £6,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care by taking part in next month’s charity bike ride from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco. They will spend six days covering over 320km.

Gale said: “My family has been touched so much by cancer over the last 10 years, and Marie Curie has helped in a very personal way to make things easier.

“I have been looking to raise some money for Marie Curie for some time but the timing has never been right because of my cricket commitments. When I saw this bike ride it provided a great opportunity to raise some money for a great cause.”

Gale, 27, was on course for his most productive season after scoring 769 runs in 12 Championship games before his injury, inflicted in the nets, forced him to miss Yorkshire’s last four matches.

“I felt I had my most consistent campaign with the bat and it would have been nice to get 1,000 runs for the first time,” he said. “The last three or four weeks were easily the most frustrating of my career. I’ve never had an injury before and to miss the last part of a season like the one we’ve had was really tough.”

At the end-of-season awards ceremony at Headingley Jonny Bairstow was crowned player of the year. He was the only Yorkshire batsman to top 1,000 Championship runs. The 21-year-old batsman-wicketkeeper, who scored 1,015 runs at 46.13, was also named young player of the year.

Gary Ballance, also 21, was voted players’ player of the year after a campaign in which he scored 862 Championship runs at 47.88. Adam Lyth was fielder of the year, while batsman Alex Lees took the academy player of the year award.

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