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Yardy to receive benefit year

Sussex have today announced that all-rounder Michael Yardy has been granted a benefit year in 2014.

The 32-year-old has been a part of the club for his entire career, having come through the youth ranks ahead of his List A debut in 1999.

Yardy, an England international at Twenty20 - where he was a part of the World T20 win in 2010 - and one-day level, has played over 400 times across all formats for Sussex.

He has featured in all three of the club’s County Championship successes in 2003, 2006 and 2007 and captained the side to the Twenty20 Cup and NatWest Pro40 double in 2009. He was also part of the 2006 Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy triumph.

"I have had 14 very special years at Sussex and really appreciate the recognition of this by the club awarding me a benefit in 2014,” said Yardy.

“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 chairman Jim May added: "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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