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We were up against a quality team: Jaques

Yorkshire batsman admits they were outplayed by Sixers in all departments

Yorkshire is one of the teams in this edition of CLT20 that has worked the hardest in terms of preparation. Countless dedicated hours of practice have gone into them being part of the main tournament, before which they won both their Qualifier games. However, their first match of the group stage, against the Sydney Sixers, proved that the team from England needs to raise the bar significantly to make their presence felt in the tournament.

In what end up as a one-sided game, Yorkshire lost the match at Newlands by eight wickets. By chasing down the paltry 97-run target in 8.5 overs, the Sydney Sixers registered the biggest victory in CLT20 history in terms of balls remaining.

After the defeat, Phil Jaques, the senior Yorkshire batsman, put the loss down to some fine bowling performance by the Sixers’ young pace battery.

Yorkshire started out so positively by winning both the Qualifiers. What went wrong today?

We just came up against a very good outfit. They outplayed us in every facet of the game and we’ll learn a lot from that defeat. We’re a good side but we didn’t show that today.

Sixers pacers proved to be quite a handful on a wicket that assisted them

They hit the track really hard, bowled at good pace. Everything we tried didn’t quite come off today and everything they tried did. That basically sums up the match. They played some great shots when they batted and up front it was very good bowling by them to restrict us under 100.

Given how you lost wickets to pace today, do you reckon the Yorkshire batsmen need to work harder with coach Jason Gillespie in the nets?

We’ve worked really hard; can’t fault our preparation. Hopefully, next game we’ll be a bit more relaxed and will be able to go out there and show what we can really do.

Do you think the fast bowlers need to step up on these helpful wickets?

We just didn’t get enough runs, it’s as simple as that. It’s very hard on the bowlers to defend 100-odd runs in a T20 game. We have to be better with that bat and we can then build pressure with the ball. That’s the way we’ve always played and we need to start doing that again.

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