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Yorkshire top Sussex for title

Cook lets his bat do the talking; Yuvraj fails at Emirates Twenty20 Cricket tournament

By Ramdas R. Volvoikar

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Published: Sat 21 Mar 2015, 2:48 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:56 PM

The Yorkshine team pose with the trophy with Badr Abbas, Vice President Commercial operation at Emirates Airline. — KT Photo by Mukesh Kamal

The Yorkshine team pose with the trophy with Badr Abbas, Vice President Commercial operation at Emirates Airline. — KT Photo by Mukesh Kamal

Dubai: Yorkshire started from where they had left in the last season. The 2014 English County champions got their 2015 season to a rocking start by winning the Emirates Airlines Twenty20 cricket final after defeating Sussex by 74 runs at The Sevens, here, on Friday.

The summit clash, though, had not started on a bright note for Yorkshire with Matthew Hobden producing a fantastic start for defending champions Sussex with wickets of Adam Lyth, Alex Lees and then Bairstow in his first over.  Yorkshire needed someone to handle the crisis and they found two saviours — Andrew Hodd (79 not out) and Jack Leaning (51 not out). The duo shared an unbroken stand of 99 as Yorkshire posted 176 for four.

Sussex never really threatened the rival total with Adil Rashid celebrating his call to the England team for the West Indies tour with four wickets as they were skittled out for 102. Coach Jason Gillespie could not have asked for a more better start to the season after winning the four-team event. “It’s great to get off to a winning start with plenty of cricket coming ahead. We put to practice what we worked in the indoor nets at Headingley,” he remarked.

Earlier, England Test skipper Alastair Cook let his bat do the talking as he hit 35 for a top-score effort for MCC,which also saw the failure of out-of-favour India player Yuvraj Singh, in the semifinal defeat against Sussex. Cook had blamed the England and Wales Cricket Board a couple of days ago for stripping him of his ODI captaincy just ahead of the World Cup.

Showing his intent, Cook slammed six fours and a six from just 26 balls, before being caught at long-on by Luke Wells off left-arm seamer Chris Liddle. Guest player Yuvraj’s soft dismissal to leggie Will Beer after facing 17 balls for his six hampered MCC’s cause as they finished on 146-9 in pursuit of 165 for victory. Sussex were indebted to Craig Cachopa’s 65 off 49 deliveries as it came after the quick dismissals of Luke Wight (4) and Luke Wells (0).

In the morning, former England cricketer Ashley Giles failed to get a perfect start as Lancashire coach after Johnny Bairstow slammed 54 off 36 balls to propel Yorkshire to a 21-run victory in the first semi-final. Batting first after skipper Steven Croft has won the toss,Yorkshire put on 159-5 in 20 overs with Adam Lyth’s 36 and Andrew Hodd’s 17 laying the foundation to which Bairstow gave the finishing touches, hitting two sixes and four boundaries in the process. In reply, Lancashire faltered after being in a good position at 121-2. Croft with Luis Reece’s 47 being the top effort. Croft and Tom Bailey took two wickets for Yorkshire. 

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