Yardy makes successful return

Sussex skipper plays his part in five-wicket win

Last Updated: 02/05/11 7:52pm

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Yardy: Made successful return to competitive cricket

Yardy: Made successful return to competitive cricket

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Sussex skipper Michael Yardy made a winning comeback to competitive cricket as he led the Sharks to a five-wicket victory over the Netherlands in the Clydesdale Bank 40.

The 30-year-old took 1-36 with his left-arm spin and then made 39 as the Sharks overhauled their target of 226 with 19 balls to spare thanks to an unbeaten century from Murray Goodwin.

It was a welcome return to action for the Sussex skipper who left England's World Cup campaign early to be treated for depression.

For the Dutch, opener Eric Szwarczynski hit his maiden one-day hundred, reaching 111 from 117 balls before departing in unfortunate circumstances when he was run out backing up too far when Yardy, in his final over, deflected Mudassar Bukhari's straight drive onto the stumps.

In reply for the Sharks, Goodwin played superbly and cruised to the eighth one-day hundred of his career which he reached with his 15th boundary.

The 38-year-old finished unbeaten on 109 from 88 balls, sealing Sussex's first victory in this season's competition with a straight six off Shane Mott.

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