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Farbrace expects Tykes to end trophy drought
8:00am Friday 23rd March 2012 in Yorkshire CCC News
New Yorkshire coach Paul Farbrace believes the county's ten-year trophy drought will soon be a thing of the past.
Not since triumphing in the 2002 Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophy have the Tykes lifted any major silverware in any form of the game.
However, speaking on the team's pre-season tour of Barbados, the former Kent and Sri Lanka chief says he is confident the team's youngsters can fire the side to glory in 2012.
He said: "I think it's definitely coming. I think if the desire to win is as a strong as I think it is, then I don't see why Yorkshire County Cricket club won't be a force to be reckoned with over the next ten years and win many competitions.
"That's not blind optimism. I genuinely believe that is the case.
"There are some unbelievably talented lads here and I think if they can get their desire to match their skill levels, then there's no stopping them whatsoever."
Yorkshire's fans will certainly hope he is right.
Despite being the most successful county in the English game, only two pieces of silverware have made their way into the Tykes trophy cabinet this century.
This, in part, was a major reason for Farbrace's arrival at Headingley in November.
The 44-year-old will officially be in charge of the second-team in 2012, but his vast experience and track record of winning at first XI level was a major factor in him getting the job.
He added: "The atmosphere and the environment at the club is actually a lot better than I thought it would be.
"There's maybe a little bit of pride which has been damaged after last season.
"They've obviously had a little bit of time to think about relegation, but all I've seen is determination to do really well. There's a determination to get Yorkshire back into the top division and also to win trophies.
"That's why I'm here. I want to win and I like to win. I don't like losing at anything I do."
With this in mind, he is likely to have enjoyed the county's impressive victory over Nottinghamshire in the semi-finals of the Barbados twenty20 cup.
Captain Andrew Gale was the hero, hitting a century as Yorkshire posted 194 from their allotted overs.
A disciplined bowling display then saw the Outlaws fall well short of their victory target.
The Tykes' win means they've set up a final against Warwickshire at the Kensington Oval.
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