'Recovering' Yardy takes break with depression

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Mike Yardy, the Sussex and England all-rounder, is taking a further break from the game. After returning early from the World Cup suffering from depression in March, Yardy resumed playing for his county last month, but he left the field during their Twenty20 match last Friday.

A club statement read: "Michael has played a lot of cricket over the last six weeks and he feels that a short break now will assist his continued recovery."

Despite Yardy's absence, Sussex won a low-scoring Friends Life t20 contest at Hove last night against Somerset, who they also beat in the 2009 final. Having bowled the visitors out for just 90, Sussex stuttered in reply before Murray Goodwin struck a composed 27 to set them on the path to victory.

Earlier, Ollie Rayner had taken 5 for 18 in his four overs to destroy Somerset. Most importantly, he accounted for Marcus Trescothick, who with 33 was by some distance his side's top scorer.

Somerset were superb in the field – Trescothick and Roelof van der Merwe pulled off fine diving catches – but their total always looked 30 short. Sussex won with four wickets to spare.

Nottinghamshire have been fined £600 by the ECB for failing to register the Australian batsman David Hussey. Although the county gained the necessary clearance, Hussey was unregistered when he played, and scored 60, against Derbyshire in the Twenty20 match. The ECB said Hussey was entirely blameless.