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Sydney Sixers thrash poor Yorkshire by 8 wickets in no-contest

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Champions League T20 qualifiers Yorkshire were given a rude awakening to life in the big league as the Sydney Sixers thrashed the English side by 8 wickets in a match which was never really a contest. The Yorkshire batsmen struggled to come to terms with an accurate Sydney pace attack, scratching around to 96-9 in their 20 overs. The Sixers made easy work of the negligible target, chasing down the runs in less than 9 overs with Skipper Brad Haddin and Michael Lumb making rapid fire 40s.

Yorkshire won the toss and decided to bat first, sticking to the same side that featured against Trinidad & Tobago in their last game. The Sixers meanwhile made one change to their side, bringing in Dominic Thornley for Nic Maddinson.

Yorkshire got off to a competitive start, making 29 from the first 5 overs without losing a wicket, including a 13 run second over off Mitchell Starc. At that stage no one could have guessed the carnage that followed.

Openers Andrew Gale (8) and Phil Jacques (21) fell within the space of 3 deliveries but Joe Root and Adam Lyth rebuilt the innings, sharing in a 32 run stand for the 3rd wicket. Runs though were coming far too slow with only 33 runs having been scored in a near 8 over period.

The pressure finally told on the Yorkshire batsmen, and wickets began to tumble like nine pins. Root fell for 25 to Moises Henriques while Shane Watson removed Adam Lyth for 18. None of the remaining Yorkshire batsmen reached double figures, and a rout looked on the cards when the English side struggled to 96-9.

The Sixers came out to bat with the objective of giving their net run rate a major boost, and despite losing Shane Watson for 11 to Ryan Sidebottom's first delivery, there was no stopping the run scoring. Brad Haddin came in at the fall of Watto, and smashed 3 boundaries in the rest of Sidebottom's over.

Runs started leaking at both ends as Haddin made a 21-ball 41 before falling late in the piece, while Michael Lumb remained unbeaten on 43 from just 24 balls.

The Sixers with 8 points from 2 games and a massively healthy net run rate are now favourites to go through to the semi-finals, even if they don't win their next two games. Both teams will be in action again on Thursday, 18th October when the Sixers take on the Highveld Lions, while Yorkshire face off against the might of the Mumbai Indians.


Sydney Sixers: MJ Lumb, SR Watson, BJ Haddin (c & wk), DJ Thornely, SPD Smith, MC Henriques, BJ Rohrer, SNJ O'Keefe, PJ Cummins, MA Starc, JR Hazlewood

Yorkshire: AW Gale (c), PA Jaques, JE Root, A Lyth, GS Ballance, AU Rashid, DM Hodgson (wk), Azeem Rafiq, RJ Sidebottom, SA Patterson, MA Ashraf

Mini Scorecard:

Yorkshire 96-9 (20 overs, 4.8rpo)
J Root 25 (24) M Starc 3-22
P Jacques 21 (19) P Cummins 2-15

Sydney Sixers 98-2 (8.5 overs, 11.09rpo)
B Haddin 41 (21) R Sidebottom 1-28
M Lumb 43* (24) A Rafiq 1-21

Sydney Sixers win by 8 wickets