Yorkshire's level-headed director of cricket can rarely be described as jubilant but David Byas was certainly pleased after learning that his charges had secured a place in the quarter-finals of the Twenty20 Cup.
"It's good news," he said following last night's demolition of Lancashire, having been made to wait for almost an hour before progress had been confirmed.
"Results have not gone our way in the Championship or the C&G but the Twenty20 was a fresh start that gave us a good opportunity and we are delighted to have got through."
Yorkshire are the lowest-ranked of the eight quarter-finalists but Byas believes his charges can win the competition and pick up their first silverware since their C&G victory in 2002. "We've got a chance," he said. "We don't fear anybody, and there is no reason why we should fear anybody. This is a very condensed format and one person with a 20-minute purple patch can win you a game.
"We have got good individuals and we have fielded with really good energy."
Byas also feels that Twenty20 qualification can lift Yorkshire's ailing Championship campaign. "There is no substitute for winning and we can take this on. Winning is a good habit and we have played some decent cricket."
A packed house of 14,215 did Yorkshire no harm. "You want to play in front of gates like that every time," said Byas
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