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Captain Andrew Gale leads Yorkshire re-signings

Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale
Gale has spent his entire career to date with his home county

Nine current Yorkshire players have signed new contracts with the club, including captain Andrew Gale.

Gale, Tim Bresnan, Richard Pyrah, Adam Lyth, Jonathan Bairstow, Oliver Hannon-Dalby and Steve Patterson have all signed three-year contracts.

Batsmen Anthony McGrath and Joe Sayers have signed deals until 2012.

Director of professional cricket Martyn Moxon said: "To have so many players committing their future to the club this early in the winter is excellent."

Yorkshire enjoyed an excellent year under Gale's leadership in the county championship, winning six games to finish third behind Nottinghamshire and Somerset.

Earlier this month they announced the signing of former England seamer Ryan Sidebottom from Notts on a three year deal.

Of the players signing new contracts, only McGrath is older than 27.

Opener Lyth scored over 1,500 championship runs, and was named PCA Young Cricketer of the Year.

In addition, youngsters Moin Ashraf (18) and Gurman Randhawa (18) have signed their first professional contracts at the Club.

Seam bowler Moin enjoyed the end of the season when he celebrated playing his first two LV= County Championship matches by taking his first five wicket haul (5-32) against Kent in the last fixture.

Gurman was named Yorkshire Academy Player of the Year for the second year running.



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