Classy Bairstow sink Sharks
Nash carries his bat to make 80 not out but Sussex still fall short
Last Updated: 25/08/12 5:41pm
Jonny Bairstow blasted an unbeaten half-century to help Yorkshire see off Sussex by 36 runs in the first Friends Life t20 semi-final in Cardiff.
Bairstow, who along with Tim Bresnan was released from one-day duty with England to play for the Tykes, blasted three sixes and two fours in his 68 not out that provided the backbone to his side's total of 172-6.
"The partnership between Bairstow and Miller was the difference really. Bairstow had support in his innings, Nash didn't. Yorkshire looked really sharp today and will be tough opposition in the final."
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Things had looked a little bleak for Yorkshire when they slipped to 36-3, only for David Miller (47) to help put on a fourth-wicket stand worth 82 that turned the tide against the Sharks.
The White Rose county, who won the toss and opted to bat first, saw their top three all fall to the wily medium pace of Scott Styris, who combined with spinner Michael Yardy in taking the new ball.
Andrew Gale, Joe Root were both dismissed by the New Zealander for 11 to ill-advised strokes while in between Phil Jaques was bowled having managed just two from nine deliveries.
However Miller - who had flown in from South Africa A's tour of Ireland - and Bairstow gradually rebuilt the Yorkshire innings to lay the platform for a second-half onslaught.
Although Miller was caught just short of his half-century off the bowling of Chris Nash, Bairstow, fresh off two half-centuries in the third Test against South Africa at Lord's, helped blitz 111 runs from the final 60 deliveries.
None of Sussex's big guns were able to get going in the same way, their cause not helped by the early departures of Luke Wright (three) and Matt Prior, who was dismissed by England team-mate Tim Bresnan for two.
It left Chris Nash to fight a lone hand, the opener carrying his bat through the 20 overs to make an unbeaten 80 from 58 deliveries.
He struck eight fours and two sixes, both by using the ramp shot, sending the ball over the rope at fine leg, but received no real support of note from his colleagues.
Indeed, veteran Murray Goodwin was the only other Sussex batsman to reach double figures, the former Zimbabwe international making 15 before holing out to long-on off Richard Pyrah (2-30).
Bresnan picked up 2-22 as the Sharks finished well short on 136-8, meaning Yorkshire - now certain of a place in the lucrative Champions League - will face either Hampshire or Somerset on Saturday evening in the final.