October 11, 2012
Champions League Qualifier, Centurion
Yorkshire 154-4 (18.5 overs) beat Trinidad and Tobago 148-9 (20 overs) by 6 wickets
Yorkshire defeated Trinidad and Tobago by six wickets to push themselves into the main phase of the Champions League in South Africa.
Batting first, Trinidad and Tobago had reached 148-9 from their 20 overs largely thanks to 59 from 40 balls from West Indian wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin. His was well supported by Darren Bravo who made an impressive 45.
Ex England fast bowler Ryan Sidebottom was the best bowler on show for Yorkshire as he claimed 3-13 in helping his side restrict Trinidad to a modest total. Sidebottom was a key part of England’s World Twenty20 victory in the West Indies in 2010 and again showed his class.
In reply Yorkshire found themselves in trouble at 51-4 bringing Gary Ballance and Adil Rashid to the crease. The pair then took the game away from Trinidad with an unbeaten partnership of 103 sealing victory for the Tykes.
Rashid was not out 33 but the real hero was Ballance who made a blistering 64 not out from just 37 balls. His innings included 2 fours and 6 sixes.
Yorkshire are the only English side to make this phase of the competition after Hampshire were defeated by New Zealand side Auckland Aces.
Yorkshire now go into a group alongside Sydney Sixes, Highveld Lions, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings where they will have to play well in order to progress.
The Scoop 11/10/12