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Yardy praises Sharks hero Goodwin

Michael Yardy praised the match-winning contribution of Murray Goodwin after leading Sussex Sharks to the Twenty20 finals for the first time.

The Sussex skipper wasn't needed with the bat as Goodwin made an undefeated 80 to guide his side to a seven-wicket win over Northamptonshire Steelbacks at Edgbaston today.

Although Goodwin only hit the winning boundary off the fourth ball of the final over Sussex always had the run chase under control.

Yardy said: "When a guy bats through, you tend to win games so with Murray at the crease it was always pretty comfortable.

"If you get two new guys at the crease, it can become a little bit twitchy and Andrew Hall and Johan Van der Wath are top quality death bowlers but we got there in the end.

"It was a difficult wicket to judge and maybe 150 was a good score and they weren't too far off that. It was a decent pitch and it spun a little bit."

Regardless of how they do in the final later today Sussex have qualified for the Champions League in India between October 8-23 although Goodwin is banned from playing because of his links with the banned Indian Cricket League.

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