Fine Ballance but Tykes lose

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A HALF-century from Gary Ballance was the highlight of Yorkshire’s final game in the Champions League Twenty20 in South Africa yesterday as they exited the competition without a win from their four group games.

Having qualified from their pool, it was always going to be tough against star-studded opposition and this final game saw them lose by four wickets to Indian Premier League side Chennai Super Kings.

Ballance came in with Yorkshire 43-3 and smashed five 6s in his 58 which came off 44 balls before he was run out in the final over.

Captain Andrew Gale, 23, and David Miller, 28, made decent contributions with Miller having a 78-run partnership off 56 balls with Ballance as Yorkshire closed on 140-6.

The prolific Francois du Plessis was caught off Steven Patterson in the second over for one and when Murali Vijay and Suresh Raina, 31, were both snared by Oliver Hannon-Dalby, Yorkshire were still in it with Chennai 74-3 in the 12th over.

But Subraman Badrinath, 47 off 45 balls, and MS Dhoni, 31 off 32 balls, added 43 in five overs to keep their target very much in sight.

Badrinath was bowled by Iain Wardlaw but by the time Wardlaw repeated the feat to dismiss Dhoni, Chennai were on the brink of victory which they clinched at 141-6 with an over to spare.

Yorkshire also lost to Sydney Sixers and Highveld Lions whilst the match with Mumbai Indians was rained off.