Get involved: Send your news, views, pictures and video by texting SUPIC to 80360 or email us.
Sharks slip to another t20 defeat
Sussex’s poor form in the FL t20 continued as they suffered a sixth defeat in seven games against Middlesex at Hove.
The Sharks have lost all their matches in the final over but this was not as tense a finish as the scorecard might suggest with Middlesex easing home with two balls and six wickets to spare.
Skipper Chris Nash top scored with an unbeaten 61 as Sussex toiled their way to a total of 148-7 having been put in to bat.
It never seemed enough and that proved the case as Joe Denly smashed 53 off 46 balls and Dawid Malan 41 to guide the Panthers to victory.
Middlesex go back to the top of the south group as a result while Sussex remain second from bottom and facing a fight with Kent to avoid the wooden spoon.
Sussex made the worst possible start as Dwayne Smith fell first ball and it seemed to set the tone for the rest of the innings.
Matt Machan bashed 27 off 17 balls, Rory Hamilton-Brown 18 off 11 and Scott Styris 24 off as many deliveries but only Nash was able to go on to produce an innings of significance. The skipper hit 61 off 46 balls which included a huge six off Gareth Berg – who finished with figures of 3-19 - and another two maximums off the expensive Gurjit Sandhu.
A total of 148-7 never looked enough and Sussex’s hopes of defending it grew slimmer as Lewis Hatchett’s first ever over in t20 cricket went for 26 runs as Paul Stirling went on the offensive.
Stirling was bowled by Andrew Miller – also making his t20 debut for Sussex – having made 26 from just ten balls but his departure did not bring any respite for the Sharks.
Denly smashed 53 from 46 balls – having been dropped by Andrew Miller on 24 - with the best of his four sixes being a sensational reverse sweep off the bowling of Chris Nash.
He put on 80 from 71 balls with Dawid Malan to break the back of the run-chase before being stumped giving Scott Styris the charge having made 53 from 46 balls.
Malan followed for 41 but Adam Voges and Neil Dexter got Middlesex over the line. The fact it went to the final over at all was down to some impressive bowling from Sussex.
The scores were level heading into the final over and although Dwayne Smith produced three dot balls Voges hit the fourth to the boundary to seal victory.
Comments are closed on this article.