Sydney Sixers v Yorkshire, Group B, CLT20, Cape Town October 15, 2012

Stiff test ahead for Yorkshire

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Match facts

October 16, 2012
Start time 1330 local (1130 GMT)

Big Picture

Sydney Sixers underlined why they are among the bookies favourites to win the Champions League T20 during their opening victory over the most consistent IPL side, Chennai Super Kings. Their fast bowling is the best in the tournament, and can rival most international teams - it was their fifth-best quick bowler Moises Henriques who carved out the heart of Chennai's middle order to turn the game decisively in Sixers' favour.

The batting is their weaker arm. They need early wins to ensure they aren't sweating at the end of the league phase, when their most destructive batsman Shane Watson won't be available, having been ordered back home to prepare for the upcoming home summer.

The batting is the problem for their opponents, Yorkshire, as well. Against the fearsome Sixers line-up, Yorkshire will need plenty from the experienced pair of Phil Jaques and Andrew Gale, especially in the absence of Jonny Bairstow. The county side's batsmen kept their cool in the chase in both qualifying games to earn a place in the main tournament, but the quality of the opposition they faced in the qualifiers aren't in the same class as the Sixers.

Watch out for...

Gary Ballance has already shown what he is capable of in this tournament, demolishing Trinidad & Tobago's chances by targetting their weaker bowlers. Can he pull off similar big hits against the pace of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins?

Steve Smith may not be the most popular cricketer in Australia, but he has been solid in T20 league performances this year. He led the Sixers to the BBL title at the start of 2012, then become one of the few bright lights of a dismal Pune Warriors IPL campaign. His bowling isn't used very often, but even in the match against Chennai he showed two aspects through which he contributes: the composed catch of Suresh Raina in the deep was a game-changing moment, and he also provided some late fireworks with the bat to push Sixers to a big score.

Quotes

"Before this some of these guys hadn't seen the Newlands in their lives; they just saw it on TV. Now they're practising there and sitting in the change room there. All these little things are so exciting for them."
Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie is thrilled at the opportunity the CLT20 provides his players

"I'm hoping that I've learnt enough over the last few years for this to be happening more often."
Moises Henriques wants to turn in plenty more match-winning performances

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Meety on October 17, 2012, 0:10 GMT

    Certainly was stiff in the end!

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on October 16, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    The CL t20 version of the 'Ashes'.Hope the Pommie team does give a fight in this form atleast......

  • masoodali150 on October 16, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    I am sorry to those who are in favour of Yorkshire because Sidney Sixers will win this match. Reason no other team have the Best combination as they have.

  • ComeIndiaNo1 on October 16, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    CSK will loose todays match.. sorry indians

  • FredBoycott on October 16, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    Come on the Yorkshire Diggers. You can do this... #digin

  • Shridharan.S on October 16, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    Sydney Sixers vs. Yorshire Carnegie will be a evan contest because pitches in their countries are similar to those of South Africa.Still Sixers have 60% chances compared to Yorkshire because they have players of international experience.Yorshire have no players of internationa experience.It will be a good match as Mitchell Starc who plays for the Sixers , had played for Yorkshire in the Friends Life T20 2012 and will be knowing the Yorkshire players quite well.

    My line-up for Sydney Sixers would be: 1.Michael Lumb 2.Shane Watson 3.Nic Maddinson 4.Brad Haddin (c)(wk) 5.Steven Smith 6.Moises Henriques 7.Ben Rohrer 8.Steve O' Keefe 9.Mitchell Starc 10.Patrick Cummins 11.Josh Hazlewood

    My line-up for Yorkshire Carnegie would be: 1.Andrew Gale (c) 2.Phil Jacques 3.Joe Root 4.Gary Ballance 5.Adam Lyth 6.Dan Hodgson 7.Adil Rashid 8.Ryan Sidebottom 9.Steven Patterson 10.Moin Ashraf 11.Azeem Rafiq

  • on October 16, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    Why every1 is soooo much jealous of IPL... My team DD is gonna win the tournament.. I wish Yorkshire to win coz its no use of sixers to win n qualify when they r goin to loose Watson n haddin at the main stage

  • jonesy2 on October 16, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    will be good to see yorkshire trying to survive against their marquee player from last season.

  • on October 16, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    best of luck delhi, sehwag , mornie rocks

  • anand4cricket on October 16, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    Its just a trial game for yorks..........

  • Meety on October 17, 2012, 0:10 GMT

    Certainly was stiff in the end!

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on October 16, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    The CL t20 version of the 'Ashes'.Hope the Pommie team does give a fight in this form atleast......

  • masoodali150 on October 16, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    I am sorry to those who are in favour of Yorkshire because Sidney Sixers will win this match. Reason no other team have the Best combination as they have.

  • ComeIndiaNo1 on October 16, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    CSK will loose todays match.. sorry indians

  • FredBoycott on October 16, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    Come on the Yorkshire Diggers. You can do this... #digin

  • Shridharan.S on October 16, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    Sydney Sixers vs. Yorshire Carnegie will be a evan contest because pitches in their countries are similar to those of South Africa.Still Sixers have 60% chances compared to Yorkshire because they have players of international experience.Yorshire have no players of internationa experience.It will be a good match as Mitchell Starc who plays for the Sixers , had played for Yorkshire in the Friends Life T20 2012 and will be knowing the Yorkshire players quite well.

    My line-up for Sydney Sixers would be: 1.Michael Lumb 2.Shane Watson 3.Nic Maddinson 4.Brad Haddin (c)(wk) 5.Steven Smith 6.Moises Henriques 7.Ben Rohrer 8.Steve O' Keefe 9.Mitchell Starc 10.Patrick Cummins 11.Josh Hazlewood

    My line-up for Yorkshire Carnegie would be: 1.Andrew Gale (c) 2.Phil Jacques 3.Joe Root 4.Gary Ballance 5.Adam Lyth 6.Dan Hodgson 7.Adil Rashid 8.Ryan Sidebottom 9.Steven Patterson 10.Moin Ashraf 11.Azeem Rafiq

  • on October 16, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    Why every1 is soooo much jealous of IPL... My team DD is gonna win the tournament.. I wish Yorkshire to win coz its no use of sixers to win n qualify when they r goin to loose Watson n haddin at the main stage

  • jonesy2 on October 16, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    will be good to see yorkshire trying to survive against their marquee player from last season.

  • on October 16, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    best of luck delhi, sehwag , mornie rocks

  • anand4cricket on October 16, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    Its just a trial game for yorks..........

  • Meety on October 16, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    @ JG2704 on (October 15 2012, 20:09 PM GMT) re: Starc, what's really interesting (IMO), is the quirks of the Champ League, where a player like Starc is playing AGAINST a team he was a key member of just a few months ago! Whilst Yorkshire did without him in the end, he certainly gave Yorkshire a fair bit of their initial momentum!

  • Nightwing32 on October 16, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    C'mon Mozzie, Australia beckons I mean Maxwell and White haven't done much in a while.

  • thephill on October 16, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    @JG2704, I'm not sure how much experience Bairstow would get in Indian conditions from playing in Sth Africa.

  • yorkshirematt on October 16, 2012, 0:31 GMT

    Good luck lads. Hope the best and most traditional CLUB (not franchise) in the tournament do us proud.

  • on October 15, 2012, 22:53 GMT

    dont know why people keep talking about yorkshire being missing bresnan and bairstow. of the 12 t20 games yorkshire played this summer they played together in two and while those two games where the semi and the final. they werent needed to get to finals day. Bairstow only scored 98 runs in the whole tournament (68 of those in one innings). im not saying that they arent good quality players but i think yorkshire will be more worried about the fact that their best bowler of the t20 this summer is going to be running in at them and not for them

  • whiterosetiger on October 15, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    Good luck to Yorkshire!!!

  • SehwAAGfan on October 15, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    Why every1 is soooo much jealous of IPL... My team DD is gonna win the tournament.. I wish Yorkshire to win coz its no use of sixers to win n qualify when they r goin to loose Watson n haddin at the main stage.

  • the_wallster on October 15, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    Such a shame that Bairstow and Miller can't participate in these games, but with Ballance, Ashraf and Rafiq in there, they should show their prowess. Rafiq is possibly one of the smartest bowlers in t20 cricket, Ballance one of the hardest hitters, and Ashraf one of the best bowlers of the yorker. Such an exciting young team.

  • JG2704 on October 15, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    Good luck to Yorks. I don't think they'll do much from here in with the depleted squad they have but I hope I'm proven wrong. Once more I still think it's very short sighted of England not allowing Bresnan to play. The amount of cricket he has played this year he is more likely to suffer from being undercooked than burnout. Also , is Jonny so badly injured? I feel that this tournament would be a good learning experience of Indian conditions albeit in in a much different format. Be interesting to see how Starc performs.

  • on October 15, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    @rifat91 Well an Indian side won the CLT20 last time it was played in South Africa in 2010

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 15, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    @ATC1810: Correction, the tournament is NOT silly; the structure is. It's still a genuine world class tournament for competing domestic T20 teams. What you should be frustrated about is the existence of 4 IPL teams who are totally inferior to the class and substance of some of these sides from AUS, NZ, SA and ENG.

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 15, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    I think Yorkshire will give a good account of themselves. They may not beat the Sydney 6ers but surely they can't play any poor than the much hyped IPL teams. Come on Yorkshire, I am one of your new fans. Give the boys in pink a run for their money.

  • rifat91 on October 15, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    sydney sixers r definatly favourite in this match. The condition of africa suit them very much....indians r only favourite in there home condition.

  • ATC1810 on October 15, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    Good luck to Yorkshire in this silly tournament!

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  • ATC1810 on October 15, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    Good luck to Yorkshire in this silly tournament!

  • rifat91 on October 15, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    sydney sixers r definatly favourite in this match. The condition of africa suit them very much....indians r only favourite in there home condition.

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 15, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    I think Yorkshire will give a good account of themselves. They may not beat the Sydney 6ers but surely they can't play any poor than the much hyped IPL teams. Come on Yorkshire, I am one of your new fans. Give the boys in pink a run for their money.

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 15, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    @ATC1810: Correction, the tournament is NOT silly; the structure is. It's still a genuine world class tournament for competing domestic T20 teams. What you should be frustrated about is the existence of 4 IPL teams who are totally inferior to the class and substance of some of these sides from AUS, NZ, SA and ENG.

  • on October 15, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    @rifat91 Well an Indian side won the CLT20 last time it was played in South Africa in 2010

  • JG2704 on October 15, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    Good luck to Yorks. I don't think they'll do much from here in with the depleted squad they have but I hope I'm proven wrong. Once more I still think it's very short sighted of England not allowing Bresnan to play. The amount of cricket he has played this year he is more likely to suffer from being undercooked than burnout. Also , is Jonny so badly injured? I feel that this tournament would be a good learning experience of Indian conditions albeit in in a much different format. Be interesting to see how Starc performs.

  • the_wallster on October 15, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    Such a shame that Bairstow and Miller can't participate in these games, but with Ballance, Ashraf and Rafiq in there, they should show their prowess. Rafiq is possibly one of the smartest bowlers in t20 cricket, Ballance one of the hardest hitters, and Ashraf one of the best bowlers of the yorker. Such an exciting young team.

  • SehwAAGfan on October 15, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    Why every1 is soooo much jealous of IPL... My team DD is gonna win the tournament.. I wish Yorkshire to win coz its no use of sixers to win n qualify when they r goin to loose Watson n haddin at the main stage.

  • whiterosetiger on October 15, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    Good luck to Yorkshire!!!

  • on October 15, 2012, 22:53 GMT

    dont know why people keep talking about yorkshire being missing bresnan and bairstow. of the 12 t20 games yorkshire played this summer they played together in two and while those two games where the semi and the final. they werent needed to get to finals day. Bairstow only scored 98 runs in the whole tournament (68 of those in one innings). im not saying that they arent good quality players but i think yorkshire will be more worried about the fact that their best bowler of the t20 this summer is going to be running in at them and not for them