Sharks battered in wooden spoon showdown

Matt Machan in action

Matt Machan in action

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Sussex’s disappointing FL t20 campaign ended on a low note as they were comfortably beaten at Hove by Kent in what was a wooden spoon decider.

The Sharks lost their ninth game out of ten – going down by eight wickets - to finish rooted to the bottom of the south group.

Matt Machan briefly lit up another miserable performance with the bat by Sussex as they were bowled out for just 113.

Matt Coles blasted 40 from 23 balls as Kent made light work of such a low total, cruising home with 41 balls to spare.

Machan got Sussex’s innings off to a flying start as he launched Mark Davies for three sixes in one over to leave the Sharks 33-0 after three overs.

But it all went downhill when Machan was caught going for another big hit off the same bowler having made 31 from 20 balls.

Luke Wright, Chris Nash fell cheaply to Coles and although Rory Hamilton-Brown smashed Davies for another couple of sixes he was dismissed for 16 by Darren Stevens.

Adam Riley and Stevens tied the Sussex batsmen down as they failed to hit a boundary in six consecutive overs as Scott Styris and Ed Joyce took 27 balls to put on 16.

Joyce did end the boundary drought by pulling Stevens for four while Will Beer also found the ropes off Coles but runs proved hard to come by.

Riley picked up the wicket of Scott Styris to finish with impressive figures of 1-14 while Coles got rid of Joyce for 26 to return 3-14.

Mitchell Claydon (3-22) dismissed Beer and Callum Jackson in his final over with Jimmy Anyon – on his t20 debut for Sussex – being run out off the last ball.

Sussex needed early wickets if they were to stand a chance of defending such a low total but instead Coles began thrashing the bowlers all around the ground.

Coles hit two sixes off Chris Liddle and another off Jimmy Anyon before being bowled by Will Beer going for another big slog having made 40 off 23 balls.

Daniel Bell-Drummond joined in with a six off Anyon although the bowler gained his revenge next ball by having him caught for what was his first t20 wicket for Sussex.

Fabian Cowdrey made 28 and Sam Billings 19 as Kent finished the job with the minimum of fuss to bring the curtain down on a truly forgettable t20 campaign for Sussex.

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11:20pm Wed 31 Jul 13

Never_Wrong says...

Pathetic. Cheerio Smith, cheerio Styris.....how much were you paid for that again?
Pathetic. Cheerio Smith, cheerio Styris.....how much were you paid for that again? Never_Wrong
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6:09am Thu 1 Aug 13

Zamora25 says...

How in four years have we gone from winning the T20 to finishing 18 out of 18 with 7 of the same 11?
How in four years have we gone from winning the T20 to finishing 18 out of 18 with 7 of the same 11? Zamora25
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6:49am Thu 1 Aug 13

Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit says...

What on EARTH went wrong this year? Oh, and a note to the Sussex players: you might not have given a toss but the 5500 or so who turned up last night deserved more than to witness such a gutless capitulation.
What on EARTH went wrong this year? Oh, and a note to the Sussex players: you might not have given a toss but the 5500 or so who turned up last night deserved more than to witness such a gutless capitulation. Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit
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6:51am Thu 1 Aug 13

Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit says...

Zamora25 wrote:
How in four years have we gone from winning the T20 to finishing 18 out of 18 with 7 of the same 11?
Some are obviously now past their best and some are just living on past reputations.
[quote][p][bold]Zamora25[/bold] wrote: How in four years have we gone from winning the T20 to finishing 18 out of 18 with 7 of the same 11?[/p][/quote]Some are obviously now past their best and some are just living on past reputations. Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit
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9:50am Thu 1 Aug 13

Old Scrote of the Amex says...

What a lot of nonsense, it was just a bad season! 2-3 very close defeats followed by a lack of confidence. You lot have been spoiled for WAY too long :-/
What a lot of nonsense, it was just a bad season! 2-3 very close defeats followed by a lack of confidence. You lot have been spoiled for WAY too long :-/ Old Scrote of the Amex
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9:51am Thu 1 Aug 13

Old Scrote of the Amex says...

PS: Unless we play every other team you cannot say we are the worst in the country. Worst in our division, probably. But don't forget ours is the toughest group.
PS: Unless we play every other team you cannot say we are the worst in the country. Worst in our division, probably. But don't forget ours is the toughest group. Old Scrote of the Amex
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10:18am Thu 1 Aug 13

B-hove says...

Reminiscent of Sussex performances BCA (before Chris Adams). This was capitulation - thoroughly outplayed by the second worst side in the group. Our worst performance in a sting a poor performances - a candidate for the most gutless effort at Hove this millennium.
Reminiscent of Sussex performances BCA (before Chris Adams). This was capitulation - thoroughly outplayed by the second worst side in the group. Our worst performance in a sting a poor performances - a candidate for the most gutless effort at Hove this millennium. B-hove
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12:29pm Thu 1 Aug 13

MHubbs says...

Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit wrote:
What on EARTH went wrong this year? Oh, and a note to the Sussex players: you might not have given a toss but the 5500 or so who turned up last night deserved more than to witness such a gutless capitulation.
That's why I never went to the last two games.

Very very poor this year 😠
[quote][p][bold]Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit[/bold] wrote: What on EARTH went wrong this year? Oh, and a note to the Sussex players: you might not have given a toss but the 5500 or so who turned up last night deserved more than to witness such a gutless capitulation.[/p][/quote]That's why I never went to the last two games. Very very poor this year 😠 MHubbs
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4:08pm Thu 1 Aug 13

psb196 says...

9 defeats out of ten. eight defeats on the trot. Three home defeats in the Pro 40. All this is not down to "bad luck", surely?

We have had one of the (potentially) strongest T20 squads we have ever had this season. It is not a team of kids or a team in transition.

This cannot be put down to bad luck or narrow defeats or even more ridiculously, lack of confidence! You cannot tell me Smith, Styris, Wright, Nash and Yardy were all suffering from a lack of confidence?
9 defeats out of ten. eight defeats on the trot. Three home defeats in the Pro 40. All this is not down to "bad luck", surely? We have had one of the (potentially) strongest T20 squads we have ever had this season. It is not a team of kids or a team in transition. This cannot be put down to bad luck or narrow defeats or even more ridiculously, lack of confidence! You cannot tell me Smith, Styris, Wright, Nash and Yardy were all suffering from a lack of confidence? psb196
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