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We were 15-20 runs short: Ballance

Yorkshire batsman credits the Lions for a good performance

With their five-wicket loss to the Highveld Lions at the Wanderers, Yorkshire have lost out on a chance to claim a berth in the semi-finals. However, they can take solace from the fact that they went down fighting. Defending a modest total and despite playing without three key players - David Miller, Ryan Sidebottom and Moin Asfraf - the Andrew Gale-led side made the Lions work hard for a victory in their own den. The Yorkshire bowlers never took their foot off the peddle and despite spurts of counterattacks from the Highveld Lions they kept their team in the hunt till the last over.

Gary Balance, who had contributed a valuable 21 off 17 to help the team post 131, spoke to clt20.com about the thrilling encounter.

Excerpts from his brief post-match interview:

This was a must-win game for you. What were the plans going in?

We had to win the game today. Two of our players, Ryan Sidebottom and Moin Ashraf, were injured but we have good quality back-up players and we did our best out there.

Defending a modest total you stretched the match to the last over.

There were guys making their debut [Oliver Hannon-Dalby], playing in their first game in front of a crowd like this. We just were just not enough to be compared to the lions.

Do you think you had enough runs on the board?

We were probably 15-20 runs short. The Lions played very well but and we just couldn’t get better of the Lions.

What kind of impact did David Miller’s absence have on the game?

He is one of the best players in the world and it’s bad that we didn’t have him. But we have got good players all around. Hopefully we can go to Durban and win the last game.

Taking on the Lions in their own den, what your plans for the likes of Gulam Body, Neil McKenzie and Quinton de Kock?

We had simple plans all through the tournament and it actually paid off today. We got quick wickets and we got runs but they just got through in the end.

What would you say about your CLT20 2012 campaign and the platform it provides?

It was a brilliant experience for all of us and we can take a lot out of it. 

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