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YARDY: Michael Yardy awarded Benefit Year in 2014

07-Nov-2013

Sussex County Cricket Club is delighted to announce that Michael Yardy has been granted a Benefit Year in 2014.

The 32 year-old all-rounder grew up in Hastings and has played a part in Sussex Cricket for almost two decades, having come up through the ranks of the County Age Group squads. The former William Parker School student first appeared for Sussex in List A cricket in 1999, before making his first-class debut a season later.

He was a part of the Sussex squad that won the historic County Championship in 2003, the first time the County had been victorious in their 164-year history. Mike cemented his place in the side during the 2004 season, the year in which he struck his maiden first-class century against Surrey.

Yardy’s form earned his first international recognition in 2005 with England A, before making his full debuts for England in both one-day international and Twenty20 cricket in 2006. His left arm spin, coupled with his batting, made him a key figure in England’s World Twenty20 triumph in the Caribbean in 2010. This was the first England side to win an ICC One-Day Trophy.

Mike helped Sussex to the Championship and C&G Trophy double in 2006, and another Championship title in 2007. He captained the side between 2009 and 2012, winning the Twenty20 Cup and the NatWest Pro40 in his first year at the helm. Yardy also skippered Sussex back to Division One of the Championship in 2010.

‘Yards’ has played 167 first-class matches for Sussex, scoring over 9,000 runs in the process, whilst his 166 List A games for the County have yielded over 3,000 runs and more than 100 wickets. He has now played 84 Twenty20 matches for Sussex and played over 40 times for his country in one-day cricket.

Yardy said, “I have had fourteen very special years at Sussex and really appreciate the recognition of this by the Club awarding me a benefit in 2014.

“I look forward to working closely with my charities MIND and Rockinghorse Children’s Charity, of which I really appreciate the great work that both do. It will be a great year on and off the field.”

Sussex’s Chairman Jim May said, “Mike Yardy embodies all that is best in Sussex Cricket; a home-grown player who worked his way up to captain his county with distinction and play for his country.

“Mike has been a key player in Sussex’s best ever period of success, winning the County Championship and all of the one-day trophies.

“I am confident that all who follow Sussex, be they supporters or businesses, will be delighted to support Yards in a much deserved Benefit Year.”

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