Gale delighted to go back to his roots for T20 warm-up

Yorkshire skipper Andrew Gale and seam bowler Iain Wardlaw will be going back to their roots next summer for a Twenty20 Cup warm-up game.

Their club, Cleckheaton, will stage a match on the evening of Wednesday June 13, which Yorkshire will treat as a dress-rehearsal for their opening Friends Life t20 tie against Durham at Headingley two days later.

Gale played for the Bradford League club from the age of 14 and also recommended Wardlaw to Yorkshire, who signed him in the middle of last season.

If he isn’t required by the county, Wardlaw could play for Cleckheaton, who are captained by former Durham and Lancashire seamer John Wood.

Now 41, Wakefield-born Wood was rejected by Yorkshire after one trial match and played for Durham from their inaugural first-class season in 1992 until he joined Lancashire in 2001. He was released after the 2004 season.

Gale said: “I am really excited to be going back to Cleckheaton. I have so many friends at the club so it will be a great chance for me to catch up with everyone. It will also hopefully give Yorkshire the competitive practice we need.”

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