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Sharks thrashed by Essex
Sussex’s miserable form in the FL t20 continued as they were thrashed by Essex at Hove.
Rory Hamilton-Brown top scored with 31 as the Sharks were restricted to 146-8 after winning the toss and electing to bat.
Essex made light work of chasing down what was an insufficient total as Hamish Rutherford smashed the Sussex bowlers to all parts of the ground.
Rutherford blasted 84 from just 43 balls and Essex needed only another 13 runs when he was finally out in the 14th over.
His departure slowed Essex’s progress but the result was never in doubt as they got over the line with 17 balls and seven wickets to spare.
Once again it was Sussex's inability to make a big total which was at the root of their downfall.
They got off to a slow start, lost Matt Machan for a duck in the third over and were 40-1 at the end of the six over powerplay.
Dwayne Smith gave a brief glimpse of his destructive hitting by launching Graham Napier for six but was unable to go on and make his first significant contribution with the bat when he was caught at midwicket for 25.
Rory Hamilton-Brown, Chris Nash and Scott Styris all got going but did not push on with Hamilton-Brown falling for 31 and both Nash and Styris making 22.
At the halfway stage Sussex were 63-2 and although they did pick up the pace another poor final over prevented them from reaching 150.
Reece Topley dismissed Mike Yardy, Will Beer and Ed Joyce in the final over to finish with figures of 4-26 and leave Essex chasing 147 to win.
Essex quickly set about eating into that total as they raced to 78-0 by the end of the powerplay.
Rutherford was the main reason for their electric start as he raced to his 50 off just 21 balls, smashing four sixes in the process.
He put on 115 with Graham Smith before Will Beer finally broke their partnership by removing Smith for 42.
It was a big moment for Callum Jackson who completed a tidy stumping on his first team debut for Sussex.
Jackson also stumped Rutherford off Beer and Ravi Bopara off the bowling of Mike Yardy and was probably the only Sussex player with a smile on his face after the game while Beer was the pick of the bowlers with 2-20 from his four overs.
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