The eldest son of Life Member Alan Gale and Ros Saker (daughter of club legend, Life Member and Team of the Century batsman Bob Saker), Matthew Gale is set to make his debut for Queensland in the Sheffield Shield match against Western Australia this week.
A decision to seek a Queensland sea change has paid off handsomely for ex-Australian Under-19 pace bowler Matthew Gale following his inclusion today in the Queensland Bulls team for its Sheffield Shield clash with the Warriors in Perth next week.
Gale, 27, was today named in the unbeaten Bulls line-up in place of injured paceman Steve Magoffin, with the ex-Warriors quick one of 11 Queensland players currently sidelined or working back to full fitness.
The Sunshine Coast Scorchers right-arm paceman moved to Mooloolaba from Melbourne during the off-season to work as a financial planner and also to seek fresh cricket opportunities after being on the fringe of Victorian selection for several seasons.
A nephew of David Saker, the ex-Victorian fast bowler and current England bowling coach, Gale was a Bushrangers rookie contracted player in 2006-07 and captained his club side Ringwood before moving to Queensland during the winter.
He has been a strong performer in the Premier Grade, snaring a total of 11 wickets in five matches at 17.27, including a five-wicket haul against Wynnum-Manly, and also played for the Queensland Academy of Sport two weeks ago in the Futures League 2nd XI competition.
Gale was also one of four players named after the T20 Challenge to play for QAS for the Futures League Twenty20 tournament at the end of November, putting him in the running for one of two spots up for grabs in the Brisbane Heat when it plays in the inaugural Twenty20 Big Bash League.
The Club wishes Matt all the best this week and hopes to see him go on to bigger and better things. His parents are very proud of him as we are sure his uncle, ex Nunaboy, Bushrangers player and coach and current English bowling coach, Dave Saker is.