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Sharks mauled by brutal Roy

Sussex suffered their fourth consecutive defeat in the NatWest T20 Blast as Surrey completed a crushing victory at the Oval.

Jason Roy smashed an unbeaten 81 while Hashim Amla scored 61 not out as Surrey raced to victory without losing a wicket and with 27 balls to spare.

The pair made it look easy on a pitch the Sussex batsmen had struggled on badly, with the Sharks only able to struggle to 148-5 thanks to a partnership of 76 between Ed Joyce and Ben Brown.

Sussex’s innings got off to a steady start after they had been put in to bat as Luke Wright and Matt Machan put on 43 for the first wicket in 38 balls.

Wright was fortunate to be dropped by Amla when he had made 21 but his luck ran out when he was bowled by Kevin Curran for 31.

The Sharks were then strangled by spin as the introduction of Robin Peterson and Gareth Batty saw the runs dry up even more.

As the pressure grew the wickets started to fall. Rory Hamilton-Brown was lbw to Peterson for ten and Machan went in the same manner for 21 off the bowling of Batty who finishes with figures of 1-15 from his four overs.

When Chris Nash was also trapped in front by Peterson having made just one Sussex were in trouble on 67-4 after 11 overs.

Brown and Joyce set about rebuilding the Sussex innings, cautiously at first and then with a flourish at the end.

After 14 overs the Sharks were stuck in neutral on 76-4 but the boundaries began to flow once Joyce had got used to the pace of the pitch.

The skipper spoiled Robin Peterson’s previously excellent figures by launching him for a huge straight six followed by a four.

He was run out off the penultimate ball for 45 but Brown ensured Sussex finished on a high note by blasting Azhar Mahmood’s last ball for six over wide long-on to get the Sharks up to 148-5.

Sussex knew they would have to bowl well to defend such a total and got off to the worst possible start.

Amla and Roy went on the attack from the outset, taking 15 from Yasir Arafat’s first over an then crashing 19 from Ashar Zaidi’s.

By the end of the six-over powerplay they had raced to 69-0 and although Sussex were able to peg them back slightly once the fielding restrictions were lifted the damage had been done.

Roy went on to reach his 50 – from 27 balls - with a big six off Will Beer and continued to flay the Sussex bowling to all parts of the ground.

Amla also reached his half century but was happy to play a supporting role to Roy – his 50 taking a more sedate 44 deliveries.

The pair ensured there was no need to Kevin Pietersen as they wrapped up victory in the 16th over.

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9:08pm Fri 13 Jun 14

warwick shark says...

Season over!! Utter rubbish-Robinson sort this out, england callups and injuries are no excuse.
Season over!! Utter rubbish-Robinson sort this out, england callups and injuries are no excuse. warwick shark
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11:15pm Fri 13 Jun 14

MikeTheMan says...

Well, you can’t get a much more comprehensive drubbing than that. A truly awful effort. I couldn’t believe just how one-sided it was.

Wright scored at slightly over a run a ball, Machan, batting partly in the Powerplay, prodded about for a dismal 21 off 22 balls with only one boundary, RHB faced 9 balls and did hit a 4 and a 6 but also played 6 dot balls. Nash failed yet again. It’s fine people claiming he’s a good batsman but he’s showing no evidence of that at all at the moment. He must be getting near the last chance saloon. Joyce and Brown did mount something of a rescue but it was too little too late.

What can you say about our bowling? Zaidi demonstrated again that he is not a county cricketer, Beer, Piolet and Liddle were tonked (again) and Arafat, claimed to be a top T20 bowler, was smashed around the Oval.

Difficult to see any positives at all at the moment – this team is in very big trouble. We won our first two Championship matches and looked really good. Since then 6 matches and no wins. Of course the rain hasn’t helped but we haven’t actually been close to winning any of those 6 matches. Hammered twice by Somerset, the Middlesex match never started, we would have lost to Notts, the Durham game didn’t get far and was pretty even and we would have beaten Lancs eventually. We’ll be very lucky to stay in Division 1 the way we are playing at the moment.

We also won our first two T20 matches but have lost the last four, cumulating in last night’s debacle. In practical terms we are out of that competition already. We would make the quarter-finals if we won our remaining eight matches but that’s hardly likely.

I must say I was rather hoping Robbo would get the England job. He’s done well at Sussex (though we were relegated with him in charge) but he’s been here a long time and maybe it is time for a change. Our recruitment last winter was very poor – a club cricketer, a dobber we released years ago and who has not done much since and a very good bowler but he’s nearly 39. Most supporters felt our batting was flaky last year (it’s much worse than flaky this year) and what we needed most was another experienced batsman.

Robbo needs to get this team sorted out, fast.
Well, you can’t get a much more comprehensive drubbing than that. A truly awful effort. I couldn’t believe just how one-sided it was. Wright scored at slightly over a run a ball, Machan, batting partly in the Powerplay, prodded about for a dismal 21 off 22 balls with only one boundary, RHB faced 9 balls and did hit a 4 and a 6 but also played 6 dot balls. Nash failed yet again. It’s fine people claiming he’s a good batsman but he’s showing no evidence of that at all at the moment. He must be getting near the last chance saloon. Joyce and Brown did mount something of a rescue but it was too little too late. What can you say about our bowling? Zaidi demonstrated again that he is not a county cricketer, Beer, Piolet and Liddle were tonked (again) and Arafat, claimed to be a top T20 bowler, was smashed around the Oval. Difficult to see any positives at all at the moment – this team is in very big trouble. We won our first two Championship matches and looked really good. Since then 6 matches and no wins. Of course the rain hasn’t helped but we haven’t actually been close to winning any of those 6 matches. Hammered twice by Somerset, the Middlesex match never started, we would have lost to Notts, the Durham game didn’t get far and was pretty even and we would have beaten Lancs eventually. We’ll be very lucky to stay in Division 1 the way we are playing at the moment. We also won our first two T20 matches but have lost the last four, cumulating in last night’s debacle. In practical terms we are out of that competition already. We would make the quarter-finals if we won our remaining eight matches but that’s hardly likely. I must say I was rather hoping Robbo would get the England job. He’s done well at Sussex (though we were relegated with him in charge) but he’s been here a long time and maybe it is time for a change. Our recruitment last winter was very poor – a club cricketer, a dobber we released years ago and who has not done much since and a very good bowler but he’s nearly 39. Most supporters felt our batting was flaky last year (it’s much worse than flaky this year) and what we needed most was another experienced batsman. Robbo needs to get this team sorted out, fast. MikeTheMan
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2:18am Sat 14 Jun 14

Vince says...

Ed Joyce and Steve Magoffin are fighting lone battles on the batting and bowling fronts. The rest are very patchy to say the least - and it is sad to see the loss of form of RHB, Brown, Nash, Wells and Wright. I am wondering if the dressing-room morale is maybe too quiet at the moment. It perhaps needs a strong character in there to wake them all up and put a smile on their faces!
After such an amazing start to the season - we are now fighting for survival!

PS Why was Matthew Hobden left out of the team which played at Somerset? I think his 4 wickets at Trent Bridge should have kept him the shirt. He couldn't have done worse than Anyon and Wright.
Ed Joyce and Steve Magoffin are fighting lone battles on the batting and bowling fronts. The rest are very patchy to say the least - and it is sad to see the loss of form of RHB, Brown, Nash, Wells and Wright. I am wondering if the dressing-room morale is maybe too quiet at the moment. It perhaps needs a strong character in there to wake them all up and put a smile on their faces! After such an amazing start to the season - we are now fighting for survival! PS Why was Matthew Hobden left out of the team which played at Somerset? I think his 4 wickets at Trent Bridge should have kept him the shirt. He couldn't have done worse than Anyon and Wright. Vince
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2:58pm Sat 14 Jun 14

Cockwomble says...

awful performance.may have been better with prior yardy and jordan tho.cockwomble
awful performance.may have been better with prior yardy and jordan tho.cockwomble Cockwomble
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11:53am Sun 15 Jun 14

Uckfield Seagull says...

Its the worst one day bowling attack I have seen on the coast for years. Where do I start, Beer, Hatchett, Piolet, Zaidi just not good enough, thats not even including Chris Liddle, I just cannot for the life of me work out why Liddle is considered county class, the guy gets smacked week in week out. Its a desperate situation when we are relying on Arafat who to be fair is living on past glory.
I know Prior and Jordan are big misses but we knew this in the summer, nothing was done to replace.
Our championship bowling is very good, but our championship and one day batting is desperate, our one day bowling as above.

I feel a change is required, we have no spine, I would rather have Goodwin batting still, which says it all really
Its the worst one day bowling attack I have seen on the coast for years. Where do I start, Beer, Hatchett, Piolet, Zaidi just not good enough, thats not even including Chris Liddle, I just cannot for the life of me work out why Liddle is considered county class, the guy gets smacked week in week out. Its a desperate situation when we are relying on Arafat who to be fair is living on past glory. I know Prior and Jordan are big misses but we knew this in the summer, nothing was done to replace. Our championship bowling is very good, but our championship and one day batting is desperate, our one day bowling as above. I feel a change is required, we have no spine, I would rather have Goodwin batting still, which says it all really Uckfield Seagull
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11:54am Sun 15 Jun 14

Uckfield Seagull says...

MikeTheMan wrote:
Well, you can’t get a much more comprehensive drubbing than that. A truly awful effort. I couldn’t believe just how one-sided it was. Wright scored at slightly over a run a ball, Machan, batting partly in the Powerplay, prodded about for a dismal 21 off 22 balls with only one boundary, RHB faced 9 balls and did hit a 4 and a 6 but also played 6 dot balls. Nash failed yet again. It’s fine people claiming he’s a good batsman but he’s showing no evidence of that at all at the moment. He must be getting near the last chance saloon. Joyce and Brown did mount something of a rescue but it was too little too late. What can you say about our bowling? Zaidi demonstrated again that he is not a county cricketer, Beer, Piolet and Liddle were tonked (again) and Arafat, claimed to be a top T20 bowler, was smashed around the Oval. Difficult to see any positives at all at the moment – this team is in very big trouble. We won our first two Championship matches and looked really good. Since then 6 matches and no wins. Of course the rain hasn’t helped but we haven’t actually been close to winning any of those 6 matches. Hammered twice by Somerset, the Middlesex match never started, we would have lost to Notts, the Durham game didn’t get far and was pretty even and we would have beaten Lancs eventually. We’ll be very lucky to stay in Division 1 the way we are playing at the moment. We also won our first two T20 matches but have lost the last four, cumulating in last night’s debacle. In practical terms we are out of that competition already. We would make the quarter-finals if we won our remaining eight matches but that’s hardly likely. I must say I was rather hoping Robbo would get the England job. He’s done well at Sussex (though we were relegated with him in charge) but he’s been here a long time and maybe it is time for a change. Our recruitment last winter was very poor – a club cricketer, a dobber we released years ago and who has not done much since and a very good bowler but he’s nearly 39. Most supporters felt our batting was flaky last year (it’s much worse than flaky this year) and what we needed most was another experienced batsman. Robbo needs to get this team sorted out, fast.
Very good post, agree on all points,
[quote][p][bold]MikeTheMan[/bold] wrote: Well, you can’t get a much more comprehensive drubbing than that. A truly awful effort. I couldn’t believe just how one-sided it was. Wright scored at slightly over a run a ball, Machan, batting partly in the Powerplay, prodded about for a dismal 21 off 22 balls with only one boundary, RHB faced 9 balls and did hit a 4 and a 6 but also played 6 dot balls. Nash failed yet again. It’s fine people claiming he’s a good batsman but he’s showing no evidence of that at all at the moment. He must be getting near the last chance saloon. Joyce and Brown did mount something of a rescue but it was too little too late. What can you say about our bowling? Zaidi demonstrated again that he is not a county cricketer, Beer, Piolet and Liddle were tonked (again) and Arafat, claimed to be a top T20 bowler, was smashed around the Oval. Difficult to see any positives at all at the moment – this team is in very big trouble. We won our first two Championship matches and looked really good. Since then 6 matches and no wins. Of course the rain hasn’t helped but we haven’t actually been close to winning any of those 6 matches. Hammered twice by Somerset, the Middlesex match never started, we would have lost to Notts, the Durham game didn’t get far and was pretty even and we would have beaten Lancs eventually. We’ll be very lucky to stay in Division 1 the way we are playing at the moment. We also won our first two T20 matches but have lost the last four, cumulating in last night’s debacle. In practical terms we are out of that competition already. We would make the quarter-finals if we won our remaining eight matches but that’s hardly likely. I must say I was rather hoping Robbo would get the England job. He’s done well at Sussex (though we were relegated with him in charge) but he’s been here a long time and maybe it is time for a change. Our recruitment last winter was very poor – a club cricketer, a dobber we released years ago and who has not done much since and a very good bowler but he’s nearly 39. Most supporters felt our batting was flaky last year (it’s much worse than flaky this year) and what we needed most was another experienced batsman. Robbo needs to get this team sorted out, fast.[/p][/quote]Very good post, agree on all points, Uckfield Seagull
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