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Gale steps down as Yorkshire CCC A-list and T20 captain

Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s Andrew Gale has announced he is to step down as captain of the A-list and T20 sides.

Andrew Gale is relinquishing some of his captaincies for YCCC Credit: Press Association

The 31-year-old, who has missed the last three Royal London One-Day Cup matches for the Vikings because of a wrist injury, will continue as First-class captain of the County Champions and will make himself available for selection for all other cricket as a batsman going forward.

Yorkshire, in the short-term, have handed the limited overs captaincy to Alex Lees before deciding on a long-term successor.

After nearly six seasons of being Club captain across all formats, I now feel the time is right to step down as List A and T20 captain and solely concentrate on captaining the Championship team

– Andrew Gale

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Giant inflatable toad to fly over Hull to mark Larkin anniversary

A giant toad will be hovering above Hull from today to mark the 30th anniversary of the death of poet Philip Larkin.

The toad has been imported over from China

The inflatable amphibian, which is as big as a bus, comes from the group Larkin 25 which was behind the Larkin toad statues five years ago.

The floating toad will be at various places in East and West Hull this week before flying over landmarks in Hull City Centre at the weekend.

Yorkshire charity pledges to bridge North-South cancer research divide

Yorkshire Cancer Research has announced a multi-million pound investment aimed at tackling the North-South cancer divide.

Credit: Yorkshire Cancer Research

The charity has pledged to invest £5m in a five year programme of research to address cancer inequalities in the region.

The projects will be delivered in partnership with the University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

The Office of National Statistics recently released new figures which show that the Yorkshire region has the third highest cancer incidence rates in England.

Yorkshire accounts for 8.3% of the UK population, but currently receives just 4.2% of the total amount of charity money spent on cancer research in the country, according to data provided by the Association of Medical Research Charities.

The North-South divide in cancer incidence and mortality rates is extremely alarming. National funding for cancer research is currently concentrated far too heavily in London and the South-East and is therefore failing to address the enormous disparities in cancer outcomes that exist in Yorkshire and the North of England.

– Charles Rowett, Chief Executive Officer at Yorkshire Cancer Research

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Former One Direction star broken off engagement?

Perrie Edwards and Zayn Malik - reports engagement is off Credit: PA

Perrie Edwards said she is "heartbroken" after splitting from her former One Direction fiance Zayn Malik who is from Bradford.

The Little Mix star thanked her family, friends and fans for helping her through what she described as "a hard time".

While not referring directly to having broken up with Malik, Edwards posted two tweets online to tell of her heartbreak.

The pop star duo, both 22, got engaged in 2013 but had never publicly announced a wedding date.

Reports that they had called time on their relationship emerged yesterday.

Happy Daggers 'over the moon' to be playing at Leeds Festival

Members of Happy Daggers, an up and coming rock and soul band from Leeds, have told ITV Calendar News they are delighted to have been selected to play at this year's Leeds Festival.

The four-piece band features Sinclair Belle on guitar and vocals, Danny Martin on guitar, Jon Causley on bass and Tommi Stubbs on drums:

Up and coming rock and soul band from Leeds- Talk to Calendar about playing Leeds Festival, the North's Biggest Music Festival.

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