Champions League T20: Yorkshire qualify for main tournament

Yorkshire win
Champions League T20, qualifying pool two, Centurion
Yorkshire 154-4 (18.5 overs) beat Trinidad and Tobago 148-9 (20 overs) by six wickets
Match scorecard

Gary Ballance blasted Yorkshire into the main phase of the Champions League T20 competition with a brilliant half-century against Trinidad and Tobago.

Ballance hit six sixes and scored 64 not out off 37 deliveries as Yorkshire reached 154-4 to win by six wickets.

Trinidad had earlier made 148-9 with Denesh Ramdin smashing 59 off 40 balls and team-mate Darren Bravo adding 45.

Ryan Sidebottom (3-13) was the pick of Yorkshire's bowlers, while three Trinidad players were also run out.

Yorkshire, who won their first match in the competition by beating Sri Lanka's Uva Next by five wickets on Tuesday, made a fine start in Centurion.

They lost the toss and had to field but took three wickets in the first three overs before Trinidad were rescued by a partnership of 93 between Ramdin and Bravo for the fourth wicket.

The Tykes were without David Miller after the South African broke his nose when he was hit in the face by a bouncer from Umar Gul in the match against Uva Next.

Yorkshire looked to be missing Miller as they fell to 51-4 but Ballance, along with Adil Rashid (33 not out), guided the Tykes to victory with seven balls to spare.

Their two wins ensure they finish top of qualifying pool two and they will now meet Sydney Sixers (Australia), Highveld Lions (South Africa) and Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings (both India).

Yorkshire are the only English team to reach the main phase of the tournament after Hampshire were eliminated when they lost their qualifying match against New Zealand side Auckland Aces.