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Great to start with a win: Jaques

Yorkshire opener hopes his side makes it to the main event

By beating Uva Next by five wickets in the first qualifier of the CLT20 2012, Yorkshire got off to a winning start at the New Wanderers Stadium here today. Playing in the CLT20 for the first time, the County team is now one win away from qualifying for the main event.

Chasing a modest 151-run target, Yorkshire got off to a good start and were cruising along when they lost Phil Jaques at a crucial juncture of their innings. Their problems were further compounded when David Miller retired hurt. But a steady knock by Adil Rashid and the return of the injured Miller helped them seal the match eventually.  

Speaking to clt20.com after the victory, Jaques said that they hope to clinch a berth in the main event by beating Trinidad & Tobago tomorrow.

Excerpts from his brief chat:

Getting off to a winning start

It is a great feeling. There is a very good feeling around the camp at the moment. We have high hopes in this tournament so it is great to get off to a winning start. Hopefully we can finish it off by beating Trinidad & Tobago tomorrow.

Did playing a warm-up game here help in preparing for the game today?

Getting used to the wicket and the bounce out here is important. The guys learnt a lot from the game we played the other day. We had some good plans today and they came off. And credit to David Miller for his innings today. It was a gutsy effort. To come out after getting hit on the head and hit two fours and six straight off is amazing. It turned the match on its head.

Chasing modest totals is always tricky. You played a crucial innings up the order; what was the strategy?

We were sort of expecting them to ball quite short so we had thought that we are going try and take the attack to them. We had decided to play with intent and today it paid off. We got off to a good start. Although we had a little bit of wobble in the middle and lost a few wickets, Adil Rashid and Dan Hodgson [helped keep us keep in the game] and obviously David Miller played outstandingly to finish the job for us.

Is it difficult to play slightly lesser known players? In this case Dilshan Munaweera

It is a bit different because we haven’t seen these guys much before. We had a bit of footage from their game yesterday, which we were able to have a look at. But it is tough in the Champions League T20 when you are not sure what these guys really do because we don’t get to watch domestic cricket from all around the world. We have to play with some freedom and hope that it will come off.

Was there a bit of pressure when you lost those quick wickets in the middle?

They pulled back really well and credit to them they put in a great game of cricket today. It is great that we could finish the job off because I thought the best side won today.

What were you hoping to restrict them to after opting to field first?

We were hoping to restrict them to 140-150. We weren’t sure what the pitch was going to do. It played really well. So, credit to the ground staff to have it up so well.

Any update on David Miller?

He is sore I think, but he will be less sore now I think after those boundaries.

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