Tykes make flying start in Champions league

YORKSHIRE opened their Champions League campaign with a brilliant five wicket over Sri Lankan champions UVA Next in Johannesburg.

YORKSHIRE opened their Champions League campaign with a brilliant five wicket over Sri Lankan champions UVA Next in Johannesburg.

Having won the toss the Tykes sent the Sri Lankans into bat and restricted them to 150-7 off their 20 overs.

Moin Ashraf was the pick of Yorkshire’s bowlers with two for 29 from his four overs, while paceman Steve Patterson weighed in with two for 30, one of his victims being West Indies international star Shivnarine Chanderpaul for 27.

Phil Jaques made 32 to give Yorkshire a platform, while David Miller had made 22 off 23 balls before being hit in the face by a short-pitched delivery from Umar Gul forcing him to retire hurt.

Adil Rashid kept the Tykes in the run chase with an unbeaten 35, but it was Miler’s return to the crease in the penultimate over that swung the game Yorkshire’s way when he hit 14 off four deliveries.

Yorkshire now face Trinidad and Tobago today when a victory will earn them the right to take on Mumbai Indians, Sydney Sixers, South African side Highveld Lions and Chennai Super Kings in the next group phase.

 

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