Just Champion for gritty Tykes

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DAVID Miller recovered from being hit in the face to guide Yorkshire to a five-wicket victory over Sri Lankan side Uva Next in their opening Twenty20 Champions League qualifier yesterday.

Miller was unbeaten on 22, with Yorkshire on 91 for four and chasing 151, when he was hit as he attempted to pull a short ball from Umar Gul.

The South African retired hurt for treatment but returned with the Tykes needing 18 from 12 balls - he promptly struck two fours and a six from his first three deliveries.

Miller hit the winning single to finish unbeaten on 39 from 29 deliveries, while Adil Rashid was 36 not out as Yorkshire won with three balls to spare. Uva Next posted a total of 150 for seven, with Thilina Kandamby scoring an unbeaten 29 and West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul contributing 27.

Dilshan Munaweera and Bhanuka Rajapaksa put on 42 for the opening wicket in 5.2 overs before Moin Ashraf broke the partnership.

The Tykes take on Trindad & Tobago today. A win will see them through to the group stages.