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Gale focussed ahead of key encounter

Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale has called on his side to make history ahead of their key clash with Warwickshire in the LV= County Championship at Headingley.

The Division One leaders, currently top and aiming to lift the championship for the first time in 12 years, face a diffuclt test this week against the in-form holders.

Warwickshire have won their last two fixtures and are still in the hunt to retain their title but Gale is determined it will be him who is lifting the trophy at the end of the season.

“Obviously t20 and one-day cricket hasn’t gone as well as we’d like this year, and this is our chance to win some silverware,” he said.

Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale has his eyes on lifting the County Championship in the county's 150th anniversary year

“As I said at the start of the season, with this being our 150th anniversary, the boys will go into the history books if we win the championship. The boys are just really buzzing and excited about the next six games.

“We want to be holding that trophy at the end of the year and give the members something to shout about. Celebrating winning trophies is what you play cricket for Yorkshire for.”

However, Yorkshire will have to do without Phil Jaques, who suffered a rib injury in their last championship outing, while fellow batsman Joe Sayers remains unavailable with a thigh problem. All-rounder Richard Pyrah has been included in the 12-man squad for the contest.

Warwickshire have been boosted by the return of skipper Jim Troughton, who has missed almost a month with a back injury.

Third-placed Durham will look to put pressure on Yorkshire when they travel to Lord’s to face Middlesex and the 2009 champions will have Paul Collingwood and Graham Onions available.

Middlesex welcome Eoin Morgan back for his first LV=CC outing of the campaign, although James Harris and Toby Roland-Jones remain sidelined.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul is available as Derbyshire’s search for a first win of the campaign continues with a trip to second-placed Sussex. Academy duo Alex Hughes and Matt Higginbottom are involved in the 12-man squad as they chase maiden LV=CC appearances.

Elsewhere, Nottinghamshire have James Taylor available for their visit to the County Ground to face Somerset.

Gloucestershire captain Michael Klinger wants his side to force their way into the Division Two promotion battle with a victory away at second-placed Northamptonshire.

The fourth-placed side trail their opponents by 18 points and Klinger understands how important a win could be for their Division One aspirations.

“We go into every championship match looking to win and to gain maximum points but this is clearly a huge game for us because the opportunity is there to close the gap on Lancashire and Northants at the top of the table,” he said.

Klinger is able to call upon bowler James Fuller, who has been named in the squad after overcoming a foot injury.

Leaders Lancashire travel to bottom-side Leicestershire boosted by the return of Paul Horton, who has returned from two months on the sidelines with a dislocated finger.

Glamorgan welcome back Marcus North, Michael Reed and Michael Hogan as they travel to the Ageas Bowl to face Hampshire while Worcestershire host Kent

In the Yorkshire Bank 40 Group B, Essex Eagles travel to Surrey without injured duo Owais Shah and Tom Westley.

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