Yorkshire's joy slightly soured by Gale drama

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Yorkshire ended their 13-year wait for a County Championship title, last winning it in 2001, as they beat Nottinghamshire by more than an innings on Friday, thus securing the title, despite some sour notes.

Yorkshire ended their 13-year wait for a County Championship title, last winning it in 2001, as they beat Nottinghamshire by more than an innings on Friday, thus securing the title, despite some sour notes.

The trophy was lifted by Joe Root rather than club captain of six years, Andrew Gale. He was on suspension for poor behaviour, but the outcry on Twitter was immediate when the ECB banned him from attending the presentation ceremony.

Former skipper <b>Michael Vaughan</b> tweeted: "If the @ECB_cricket put a ban on @GaleyLad lifting the trophy after 6 yrs of captaincy I would find that nothing short of disgraceful"

England paceman <b>Stuart Broad</b> responded: "@MichaelVaughan Poor form your Club captain Gale not lifting the trophy. Why?"

<b>James Taylor</b>, Notts' captain and the last wicket to fall, said: "Well played to Yorkshire on a great season! Well deserved! such a shame @GaleyLad wasn't allowed to lift the trophy though!"

Notts opener <b>Alex Hales</b> echoed his skipper: "Congrats to Yorkshire on the championship, proper side. Real shame Andrew Gale wasn't allowed to lift the trophy after 6 years of captaincy"

An hour later, a photo of Gale with the trophy was released, though he was out of his whites, with his team-mates cheering in the background.

Taylor said: "That's more like it!!! Congrats @Yorkshireccc and @GaleyLad for a special year! Enjoy tonight!! #WellDeserved"

The <b>Professional Cricketers' Association</b> quipped: "Well done to @GaleyLad for lifting the @LV_Cricket trophy! I'm sure it was worth the wait…"

After that though, the celebratory tweets from the players came pouring in, along with some beer pictures too.

Batsman <b>Jonny Bairstow</b>, beer in hand, wrote: "100th first class game, CHAMPIONS 2014, special day with a special club!! YORKSHIRE AND PROUD!!"

<b>Alex Lees</b>: "Amazing feeling! Proudest day of my life. Dad would be so proud #champions"

<b>Jack Leaning</b>: "County champions…… WOW!!! You can't buy this feeling!"

<b>Tim Bresnan</b>: "Today is a very good day. 13 years. It's been worth the wait. We will drink some winners beers tonight. #jobdone #discipline Thank You x"

<b>Ryan Sidebottom</b>: "Hey all! Thankyou so much for your kind messages an support, absolutely amazing:) #Wow #Cheer"

<b>Adam Lyth</b>: "What an unbelievable feeling! So proud and honoured to be a part of such a fantastic season! #champions"

Messages from other players, some former Tykes, also flowed in.

Australia and Yorkshire opener <b>Aaron Finch</b> wrote: "YOOOOORKSHIRE YOOOOORKSHIRE YOOOOORKSHIRE!!!!"

<b>Jacques Rudolph</b>, now at Glamorgan but a long-time Tyke, said: "Many congratulations..well deserved. @YCCCDizzy @Yorkshireccc @GaleyLad"

Surrey paceman <b>Chris Tremlett</b> said: "Congratulations @Yorkshireccc in winning the Championship. #ChampagneCampaign"

Surrey boss <b>Alec Stewart</b> said: "On behalf of the @surreycricket dressing room congrats to @YCCCDizzy Martin Moxon & @Yorkshireccc on winning the championship #bigeffort"

Durham's <b>Paul Collingwood</b>, who won last year, said: "Although we lose the trophy I'm happy to pass it over to @Yorkshireccc who have been the toughest team to play and are deserved Champions"

Australia coach <b>Darren Lehmann</b>, who was with Yorkshire before the Oz job, wrote: "How good for YCCC and the boys, congrats Dizz and the whole club, well done enjoy !"

England bowler <b>Boyd Rankin</b>: "Well played @Yorkshireccc all year! Deserved to win it! Congrats lads!"

Former England batsman <b>Mark Ramprakash</b>: "Congrats to #YorkshireCCC on winning the championship. They have a side full of top cricketers & played the best cricket!"

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