Harrogate Cricket Club ready for Yorkshire Twenty20 bonanza

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Yorkshire skipper Andrew Gale says his side won’t hold back ahead of next week’s charity Twenty20 game against Harrogate CC.

Yorkshire will be travelling to St. George’s Road on Tuesday as part of their preparations for the new T20 Blast.

The game is being held to raise money for the British Heart Foundation, but Gale insists it is not just an exhibition game.

He said: “We will be taking it seriously, it’s a good opportunity to practice our skills. We have specific plans to work on ahead of the T20 Blast. You can’t beat time in the middle, it’s the best place to practise.”

The captain, who hit 124 against Durham last week, revealed eight or nine of the team from the first game against Northants will play.

Unfortunately England players Joe Root, Tim Bresnan and Gary Ballance are unavailable, as they join the national squad on Monday.

Gale also believes the community spirit fostered at these events is crucial to the county: He said: “It is really important to get around the county and visit the local clubs. We are a community club and have made a big effort this winter.”

Meanwhile Harrogate CC captain Ryan Bradshaw admits that his side is looking forward to testing themselves against the professionals.

He said: “They will bring a strong side but a number of our lads have played first class and university cricket so we know roughly what to expect.

“It should be a good atmosphere and community occasion for what is a great cause.”

The game will start at 5.30pm, with admission at £10 for adults and free for children under 15.