Thursday, 11 October 2012
CLt20: The magic is just starting to sink in
After the high octane drama of the last 48 hours it's time to reflect on the magnificent acheievement of this Yorkshire side in qualifying for the Karbonn Smart CLt20 proper.
(PHOTO: David Miller battled through the pain to win the first match against Uva Next)
As Andrew Gale's side prepare to hit the big time and to rub shoulders with the might of the Sydney Sixers, Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings and the Highveld Lions they must be pinching themselves.
I've never seen a happier Yorkshire team as the one that celebrated qualification on the outfield at Centurion last night as if they'd just been presented with the trophy. It was absolutely magical to witness it first hand and the smile on Martyn Moxon's face was as broad as the bats wielded heroically by David Miller, Gary Ballance and Adil Rashid.
Andrew Gale later described the achievement on Twitter as: "What a win, best moment of my career. Champions League baby!! Special times. Time to have a few!!" All the side out here deserve their moment in the spotlight after a season where they have surprised their opponents and could yet upset the competition's giants.
There may be a few sore heads in the team hotel this morning but why not? To qualify for the main draw after never being able to find a consistent winning formula before is success in itself and as Gale said last night, if the main draw sees the Tykes losing all four games it will be no disgrace. The season in the shortest format has been an unmitigated success and a few stars of world cricket are beginning to emerge from the Yorkshire ranks.
Gale also added that they had absolutely nothing to lose against the big sides. They will continue to play fearless cricket and could well cause a few upsets. Somerset's march to the semi-final stage of the 2012 CLt20 shows what can be done and the team spirit and will to perform for each other is second to none in this Yorkshire side.
We've had messages of goodwill flowing in from all over the UK and around the world over the next few days and the Twitter feed has gone berserk.
Whatever happens over the next two weeks just sit back, soak this up and be very proud to be a Yorkshire supporter.
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