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Finals day the lure for Yorks

Yorkshire will be entering uncharted territory tonight should they defeat Sussex at Hove in the quarter-final of the Twenty20 Cup.

The Tykes have never appeared at Finals Day in the four years of the competition but if they win tonight will be heading for Edgbaston on August 4.

Birmingham hosts both the semi-finals and final and Yorkshire estimate they could earn up to 125,000 from winning the trophy for the first time.

A cheque for 42,000 is the winners' prize but Yorkshire must first negotiate in-form Sussex who have emerged as the Tykes' closest challengers in the County Championship.

Yorkshire stand to make around 15,000 in gate receipts tonight from a sell-out crowd of 7,000 but must also see off the weather to advance to another lucrative pay day next month.

Yorkshire's last three Championship matches have all featured more than their fair share of rain breaks while the weather looked like putting paid to the side's chances in the Twenty20 at one stage.

Director of cricket Martyn Moxon said: "The Gods have been smiling on Sussex recently, while they've done us no favours at all.

"We're all fed up with the weather to tell you the truth, but hopefully it will relent so we can get some cricket in now."

The ECB have set aside tomorrow to complete the quarter-finals should they be rain-affected.

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