Lack of experience cost us: Yardy
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter

Player:MH Yardy
Event:Champions League 2009/10

DateLine: 14th October 2009


Sussex captain Michael Yardy believed his team's lack of experience with the Super Over rule cost them dear. They were eliminated from the inaugural Airtel Champions League Twenty20 by the Diamond Eagles on Tuesday. Sussex had fought bravely to force the one-over-a-side tiebreaker after they had managed just 119 for seven.


The Super Over rule - an extra over with teams permitted only three batsmen and one bowler - was applied.


The Eagles managed nine off Arafat, while Sussexlost two wickets off the first two deliveries from Cornelius de Villiers to end their innings and hand their opponents victory and a berth in the second round.


Yardy said there were plenty of suggestions at the start of the Super Over, but the team had always believed Arafat would be the bowler to get the job done.


"I think there were about 3,000 discussions at one point at the start of the Super Over," Yardy said.


"Yasir has been absolutely brilliant for us bowling at the death in the domestic season for us.


"We think he's one of the best in the world and he was always going to be the man for us.


"But we have never had it (Super Over) before so we didn't really know what to do. But fair play to the Diamond Eagles, they played very well."


Yardy admitted his team could have won it without having the Super Over enforced.


"Their openers played really well and got them off to a flyer, but we clawed back with a bit of spin in the middle," he said.


"Dwayne Smith also turned in a good spell and we were looking good.


"But that's the way it goes with Twenty20 cricket and Ryan McLaren scored two boundaries at the end and now we are going home.


"It was a fantastic game of cricket, we fought our way back into the game, but we just came up short.


"It's an absolutely brilliant tournament and we've been looked after fantastically well.


"We've really enjoyed our time here and I think its an incentive to come back here and try and go one step better."