Yorkshire v Lancashire, Headingley, 3rd day May 27, 2014

Gale recalled on topsy-turvy day

Graham Hardcastle at Headingley

Lancashire 325 and 48 for 3 (Bresnan 3-9) lead Yorkshire 243 (Gale 95*, Smith 5-49) by 130 runs

Roses cricket is generally entertaining for one reason or another and the third day at Headingley was no different, both on and off the field. Andrew Flintoff stepped up his bid for a return to professional cricket with Lancashire by bowling and fielding in the warm-ups before his mates dominated a day which also saw Yorkshire's captain, Andrew Gale, called back to the crease after he was incorrectly given out by Peter Willey.

Gale, on 25 in the second over after lunch, was given out after a ball from Glen Chapple brushed his trouser leg and was caught behind by wicketkeeper Alex Davies. Yorkshire would have been 132 for 4.

It prompted a furious reaction from a man who is no stranger to Roses controversy - in 2011, the last summer these two old foes met, Gale was engaged in a heated verbal battle with James Anderson. Here, Gale remonstrated with Willey until he had gone a few paces beyond the stumps at the non-striker's end.

Although he was proved correct as Willey, following a brief conversation with Ian Gould at square-leg, called him back, he could still find himself the subject of a three-point penalty from the ECB.

"I apologised," said Gale, who went on to make 95 not out in Yorkshire's below-par 243 in reply to 325. "I should have walked off really, that's what you're supposed to do in cricket. Pete admitted it was a terrible decision, and he got it wrong, so as I was walking off I told him I had a mark on my trousers. I had a big red mark on my trousers where it hit me, so he called me back.

"I was a bit shocked, to be honest, but fair play to him because it takes a brave man to admit he's wrong like that."

Lancashire deserve credit for not complaining about the reversal, and they were rewarded with seven other wickets during a frantic afternoon session which saw Gale's side slip from 136 for 3. Tom Smith was their standout performer with 5 for 49, his second five-for of an exceptional summer with ball and bat, although Kabir Ali was just as good and deserved more success than his two-for.

"The umpire realised he'd make a mistake and decided to call him back," Chapple said. "I've no problem with an umpire changing his mind, none at all. I know he didn't hit it, and that's why my appeal was stifled. Pete said 'I've made a mistake', and that's fair enough."

Lancashire extended their lead to 130 before the close, which came 17 overs early due to bad light, although they weren't convincing as Tim Bresnan struck three times.

Quite when Flintoff will return to Twenty20 action is unclear after a five-year absence, although he must be reasonably close on the evidence of his near hour-long spell of bowling and fielding before play. Playing for St Annes on Thursday is a possibility.

"He looked quite good today," Chapple said. "He came over for some training and did all the fielding. As usual, he got involved with lads, and they always like having a chat to him. It was good. His bowling looked pretty good compared to me. I think he'd be disappointed if he didn't. But, yes, it's good to see him on a cricket field.

"He's seen where he can get to, but it's been the same story for a few weeks now. Hopefully one day, Fred will play cricket again. That would be a good story for Lancashire, definitely."

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  • Simon on May 30, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    To posters like brahms & AussieDesi commenting on appealing - have you ever played cricket? I have been playing cricket for more than 25 years & that is part of the game. You can call it what you like, but in the heat of battle, the players' job is to appeal & the umpires job is to make a decision. AN appeal is almost instinctive & often in the few seconds afterwards you realise maybe he isn't out. Also, in our cricket the umpiring is quite poor, and you've got to try & make sure the dodgy decisions you get are evened out.

    However, I agree with those who say they don't like seeing dissent be rewarded - however if they umpire realised he made a mistake then full credit to him for changing his decision. From what I've seen, heard & read, I think Peter Willey is a good umpire.

  • Shourik on May 28, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    @lebigfella - hilarious! ROFL! Get the Sachin reference in early before the forum is taken over....

    @Charlie101 - I like Freddy as much as the next cricket lover but would you care to state how many games someone with a dodgy ankle like him can play before he breaks down?

    @brahms - my thoughts exactly. Why did he even appeal then? There is gamesmanship and there is trying to talk out a wicket...Asian sides/Oz with Warne regularly used to try it on. Just not cricket.

    @Facebook 21:04 - Thanks for another perspective. Anybody who has played (whatever level) has probably experienced howlers. Do not like to hear dissent being "rewarded".

  • Jason on May 28, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    I really think Sachin Tendulkar is a better batsman than Gale

  • Charles on May 28, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    It is going to be really interesting when Freddie takes the T20 field . It would be fantastic if he performed well and was in contention for a England recall . Extremely hard to come back and little chance but stranger things have happened !!!

  • Richard on May 28, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    Strange isn't it ? the Lancs captain says "I knew he didn't hit it," but doesn't go and say that to the umpire.

  • Dummy4 on May 27, 2014, 21:04 GMT

    I was as near as right behind Peter Willey when he gave Gale out. There followed 20-30 seconds of pad wiggling and Gale standing his ground. He did not in any way accept the umpire's decision, and the feeling in the ground was that Ian Gould intervened in some way. He probably wasn't out, but he was given out. Only his prolonged dissent reprieved him. Andrew Gale, you are Wayne Rooney, and if this is how cricket is going, I will stop watching

  • Dummy4 on May 27, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    Credit to Lancs for playing (very) fair. Not that a sub par 243 will worry them too much going forward.

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