Sussex fall short despite late fightback

Craig Cachopa made his debut for Sussex

Craig Cachopa made his debut for Sussex

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Sussex’s hopes of qualifying for the quarter-finals of the NatWest T20 Blast were extinguished as they lost by three runs to Kent at Hove.

Alex Blake smacked an unbeaten 53 to rescue Kent from 80-6 after 14 overs to make an unlikely 149-9 despite some fine bowling from Will Beer (3-18) and Steff Piolet (1-17).

Sussex slumped to 62-5 in reply after 13 overs and fell short despite some good late hitting from Ben Brown (33), Chris Jordan (37) and Beer (25).

The result saw Sussex slip below Kent to second from bottom in the south division, four points adrift of fourth place Surrey with three matches remaining.

Kent were indebted to Blake for rescuing their innings after some superb bowling from Beer and Steff Piolet had put them in a spot of bother.

Kent had started reasonably well as they reached 45-2 at the end of the batting powerplay with Lewis Hatchett removing Rob Key and Yasir Arafat having Sam Northeast strangled down the leg side.

Sussex really put the squeeze on Kent in the next eight overs though as Beer and Piolet picked up four wickets for just 35 runs.

Beer trapped Fabian Cowdrey lbw in his first over, removed Daniel Bell-Drummond for 34 and picked up the wicket of Sam Billings in his last over to complete figures of 3-18.

Piolet was even more economical with his four overs costing just 17 runs with the added bonus of trapping the dangerous Darren Stevens lbw for just one.

After 14 overs Kent were in trouble on 80-6 but Blake led the counter-attack as the Spitfires plundered 69 runs from the last six overs.

Twenty four of those runs came from one over from Chris Jordan and 14 of them from one ball as Blake smacked a no-ball for six and then launched the free hit over the ropes too.

Blake brought up his second T20 half century in style – off 31 balls with five sixes – by launching over midwicket.

Sussex’s reply got off to a terrible start as Ben Harmison removed Chris Nash and Luke Wells in a double-wicket maiden to leave them 14-2 after three overs.

Luke Wright was given a life when he was put down by Stevens off his own bowling but could not make Kent pay as he was bowled by James Tredwell in the next over for 17.

Debutant Craig Cachopa followed in the next over when he was bowled by Fabian Cowdrey for 11 and when Matt Machan holed out at long-off to the same bowler Sussex were 42-5 after ten overs.

Ben Brown and Chris Jordan kept Sussex in contention by putting on 51 from 32 balls for the sixth wicket with Brown launching Cowdrey for two sixes in the same over.

Sussex’s hopes faded when Brown holed out at deep midwicket off Adam Ball for 33 with Arafat giving a return catch to Tredwell in the next over.

Beer blasted 25 off 12 balls – including three sixes – to bring the equation down to 31 off the final two overs but was bowled by Ben Harmison going for another big hit.

Sussex were left requiring 17 off the final over and Jordan got it down to eight off the final two deliveries by clubbing Mitch Claydon for six but holed out off the next delivery.

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7:36am Sat 12 Jul 14

Neville says...

Usual batting failures and Wells just not a T 20. player. Our best batsman for the last few games has been Beer,so why on earth wasn't, he moved up the order,feel sorry for the guy,bowled well and batted with guts.
Cannot understand why we employ Liddle rarely plays any form of cricket and cannot bat,was he injured?
Great shame our decline in this form of cricket!brings in the crowds but we just don!to seem to be able to compete these days.
Usual batting failures and Wells just not a T 20. player. Our best batsman for the last few games has been Beer,so why on earth wasn't, he moved up the order,feel sorry for the guy,bowled well and batted with guts. Cannot understand why we employ Liddle rarely plays any form of cricket and cannot bat,was he injured? Great shame our decline in this form of cricket!brings in the crowds but we just don!to seem to be able to compete these days. Neville
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9:09am Sat 12 Jul 14

Uckfield Seagull says...

You can add Machan, Hatchett, Zaidi, Rippon to that above list, add in Piolet and past it Arafat then we are a poor team
You can add Machan, Hatchett, Zaidi, Rippon to that above list, add in Piolet and past it Arafat then we are a poor team Uckfield Seagull
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9:47am Sat 12 Jul 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

Uckfield Seagull wrote:
You can add Machan, Hatchett, Zaidi, Rippon to that above list, add in Piolet and past it Arafat then we are a poor team
Piolet had a good game last night, and Rippon is no longer on our books!
[quote][p][bold]Uckfield Seagull[/bold] wrote: You can add Machan, Hatchett, Zaidi, Rippon to that above list, add in Piolet and past it Arafat then we are a poor team[/p][/quote]Piolet had a good game last night, and Rippon is no longer on our books! Ex-pat Arnie
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12:03pm Sat 12 Jul 14

MikeTheMan says...

However you look at it we are totally useless at T20. 1 win in 10 matches last season. the worst record of any of the 18 counties. 4 wins in 11 matches this season, eighth out of nine in the South Division. So that's 5 wins in the last 21 matches, including several losses to very poor teams.

Last night all of our top 5 batsmen failed yet again.

Incredibly, Jordan bowled a series of deliveries that went: 5 wides, 1 wide, dot ball. no ball hit for 6 (i.e. 8), 6. So he managed the amazing - and possibly unique - feat of conceding 20 runs from the last two deliveries of an over. The vast majority of the crowd could have bowled those two balls significantly more economically. It was pure comedy gold, Frank Spencer was reborn for a few minutes. More seriously of course that rubbish changed the impetus of the Kent innings and ultimately cost us the match. So much for the idea that the main reason we've been struggling has been because we haven't had Jordan. I'm sure Peter Moores was watching and took note.
However you look at it we are totally useless at T20. 1 win in 10 matches last season. the worst record of any of the 18 counties. 4 wins in 11 matches this season, eighth out of nine in the South Division. So that's 5 wins in the last 21 matches, including several losses to very poor teams. Last night all of our top 5 batsmen failed yet again. Incredibly, Jordan bowled a series of deliveries that went: 5 wides, 1 wide, dot ball. no ball hit for 6 (i.e. 8), 6. So he managed the amazing - and possibly unique - feat of conceding 20 runs from the last two deliveries of an over. The vast majority of the crowd could have bowled those two balls significantly more economically. It was pure comedy gold, Frank Spencer was reborn for a few minutes. More seriously of course that rubbish changed the impetus of the Kent innings and ultimately cost us the match. So much for the idea that the main reason we've been struggling has been because we haven't had Jordan. I'm sure Peter Moores was watching and took note. MikeTheMan
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11:10pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

MikeTheMan wrote:
However you look at it we are totally useless at T20. 1 win in 10 matches last season. the worst record of any of the 18 counties. 4 wins in 11 matches this season, eighth out of nine in the South Division. So that's 5 wins in the last 21 matches, including several losses to very poor teams.

Last night all of our top 5 batsmen failed yet again.

Incredibly, Jordan bowled a series of deliveries that went: 5 wides, 1 wide, dot ball. no ball hit for 6 (i.e. 8), 6. So he managed the amazing - and possibly unique - feat of conceding 20 runs from the last two deliveries of an over. The vast majority of the crowd could have bowled those two balls significantly more economically. It was pure comedy gold, Frank Spencer was reborn for a few minutes. More seriously of course that rubbish changed the impetus of the Kent innings and ultimately cost us the match. So much for the idea that the main reason we've been struggling has been because we haven't had Jordan. I'm sure Peter Moores was watching and took note.
Anyone can bowl a bad over. And yes, it was a bad one, but by no means the worst I've seen.
[quote][p][bold]MikeTheMan[/bold] wrote: However you look at it we are totally useless at T20. 1 win in 10 matches last season. the worst record of any of the 18 counties. 4 wins in 11 matches this season, eighth out of nine in the South Division. So that's 5 wins in the last 21 matches, including several losses to very poor teams. Last night all of our top 5 batsmen failed yet again. Incredibly, Jordan bowled a series of deliveries that went: 5 wides, 1 wide, dot ball. no ball hit for 6 (i.e. 8), 6. So he managed the amazing - and possibly unique - feat of conceding 20 runs from the last two deliveries of an over. The vast majority of the crowd could have bowled those two balls significantly more economically. It was pure comedy gold, Frank Spencer was reborn for a few minutes. More seriously of course that rubbish changed the impetus of the Kent innings and ultimately cost us the match. So much for the idea that the main reason we've been struggling has been because we haven't had Jordan. I'm sure Peter Moores was watching and took note.[/p][/quote]Anyone can bowl a bad over. And yes, it was a bad one, but by no means the worst I've seen. Ex-pat Arnie
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1:24pm Mon 14 Jul 14

MikeTheMan says...

Of course anyone can bowl a bad over but I have certainly never seen anyone at any level of cricket concede 20 from 2 balls before and I don't expect to ever see it again. It was way beyond bad, you could only laugh at it. As I said before, it was comedy gold.
Of course anyone can bowl a bad over but I have certainly never seen anyone at any level of cricket concede 20 from 2 balls before and I don't expect to ever see it again. It was way beyond bad, you could only laugh at it. As I said before, it was comedy gold. MikeTheMan
  • Score: 1

7:10pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

MikeTheMan wrote:
Of course anyone can bowl a bad over but I have certainly never seen anyone at any level of cricket concede 20 from 2 balls before and I don't expect to ever see it again. It was way beyond bad, you could only laugh at it. As I said before, it was comedy gold.
Didn't that fella from Warks concede 18 of his first legit ball against Styris a couple of years back?
[quote][p][bold]MikeTheMan[/bold] wrote: Of course anyone can bowl a bad over but I have certainly never seen anyone at any level of cricket concede 20 from 2 balls before and I don't expect to ever see it again. It was way beyond bad, you could only laugh at it. As I said before, it was comedy gold.[/p][/quote]Didn't that fella from Warks concede 18 of his first legit ball against Styris a couple of years back? Ex-pat Arnie
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