Sussex Twenty20 skipper Michael Yardy is confident his side will win silverware this season despite an early exit on Friends Life t20 finals day. Sussex arrived in Cardiff as the best-placed county in all three competitions but were soon heading home following a 36-run defeat in today's opening semi-final against Yorkshire.
Jonny Bairstow powered Yorkshire's success with a quickfire unbeaten 68 in a score of 172 for six that Sussex never looked like chasing down as Chris Nash's 80 not out proved a lone hand. It left Yardy to immediately turn his attention to their top-of-the-group Clydesdale Bank 40 clash with Kent on Monday before they resume their bid to win the LV= County Championship first division.
"I don't think it will be a problem to put this out of our system," the former England all-rounder said. "We've got a big game coming up on Monday and the Championship is a completely different competition. We are going well in both those competitions. "There's no reason why we can't get silverware, it's just frustrating today because it was our first chance.
"We have done very well to be competing on all three fronts. We're the only team to be doing it so that shows we're in a good place. I just hope we come away with some silverware because I think we deserve it this year."
Scott Styris had got Sussex off the a flying start with three wickets inside the initial six-over powerplay but from there Bairstow and David Miller took over in an 82-run stand that swung the momentum of the game. Bairstow continued on after Miller fell for 47, with the England Test batsman proving his international class as he blasted three sixes in a 45-ball 68.
"He played the match-winning innings," said Yardy. "He played really, really well. He was controlled at the start, didn't panic and then accelerated through the innings. To get to 170, a lot of it was down to him." Yardy also bemoaned his side's batting with Murray Goodwin's 15 the next best score after Nash.
"We needed to have a big partnership up top and unfortunately we couldn't do that," he said. "For one guy to get 80 not out and the next best to be 15 and no-one else get double figures - you're not winning too many games like that."