Wright fires century - but Sussex still lose

Luke Wright

Luke Wright

First published in Sport

Sussex saw their NatWest T20 Blast hopes go up in smoke – despite fireworks from Luke Wright.

The Sharks opener fired a brilliant century in their South Group clash at Hampshire last night.

But he never really received the support he needed once Chris Nash had gone.

And the result was another agonising late defeat for Sharks, whose fate was eventually assured off the penultimate ball of a thrilling contest.

Sussex needed ten off the last two balls to grab the win and Wright, going for the big hit, was dropped.

The batsmen only scampered two in the time it took the ball to be returned to the middle, leaving eight required from the final delivery.

Such close defeats have been the story of Sharks’ campaign this season.

But they would have won this had any batsman been able to play sensibly and stay with the imperious Wright.

Wright slugged 116 not out from 66 deliveries but opening partner Nash was the only other man in double figures, with 28, in Sussex's 171-8.

Hampshire lost two quick wickets but recovered to make 177-3, Michael Carberry hitting 87 not out and Jimmy Adams 52 before Sean Ervine added 32 not out from 14 balls.

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11:06pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Neville says...

Well played Luke,it's a shame that no one could keep their composure and support him. What an absolute shambles our batting is and the bowling isn't much better. Nash got himself out yet again and the rest just not worth a mention. Whoever the batting coach and tactician is get rid of them. Machan,Brown,Zaidi,P
iolet all serial failures. These last two seasons in the T20 have been dire.
Well played Luke,it's a shame that no one could keep their composure and support him. What an absolute shambles our batting is and the bowling isn't much better. Nash got himself out yet again and the rest just not worth a mention. Whoever the batting coach and tactician is get rid of them. Machan,Brown,Zaidi,P iolet all serial failures. These last two seasons in the T20 have been dire. Neville
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11:25am Sat 19 Jul 14

MikeTheMan says...

No wonder we lost - we were playing nine men short. We only had two players - Wright (who scored 70% of our runs from the bat) and Nash (who scored 28 in 19 balls to help give us a good start and who had the most economical bowling figures in the match). The other 9 people wearing Sussex shirts were all absolutely useless.

We started well and kept them to 33 in the Powerplay but. apart from Nash's 4 overs, it was carnage after that. Beer 14 from his only over, Piolet 10, 15 and 12 from his three overs, 18 off a Liddle over, 21 off two Magoffin overs. Then there was the nineteenth over, bowled by Hatchett. 2 sixes, 2 wides and the two extra balls were hit for 4 and 2 - and the final difference between the two sides was 6 runs. 21 off that over of absolute dross again.

Our batting, what can you say. After 6 overs we were on 69 - 36 runs ahead of Hampshire. But once Nash was out we had no batting left - just 4 useless batsmen and 5 useless tailenders. Superb innings by Wright but precisely no support. Our numbers 3 to 10 scored exactly 21 runs between them - and took 36 balls to do it. We just needed one of them to get a quick 15 and we would have won.

After 18 overs we were still 14 ahead of their score (157 to 143). Of course we then had Hatchett conceding 21 in their nineteenth over while in our nineteenth we scored 4 singles, Magoffin was then out and we didn't score from the last ball. After 18 overs we were 14 ahead, after 19 we were 3 behind.

And surely Wright should not have taken that single from the second ball of the last over but should have stayed on strike and backed himself to get boundaries from the last 4 balls. Leaving Liddle on strike to the third ball with 15 runs needed was admitting defeat. Wright just might have got those runs but there was no way Liddle was going to suddenly hit three boundaries.

But what can you say about our batsmen? From numbers 3 downwards they were all useless. Cachopa 4 - looks like he'll fit in well. Zaidi 1 - let's be honest, he's turned out to be a very ordinary club cricketer who is about three levels out of his depth in county cricket. Machan 6 - the latest in a long list of failures in all competitions and it doesn't look as though he's going to be good enough. Brown first ball 0 - predictable somehow. Beer third ball 0, Piolet fourth ball 0 - useless. Magoffin 9 from 11 balls but by that stage we needed faster scoring - 9 from 6 balls would have been useful as would 15 from 11.

Robbo has got big problems - how is he going to pick a competitive team to play Warwickshire at Horsham next week.
No wonder we lost - we were playing nine men short. We only had two players - Wright (who scored 70% of our runs from the bat) and Nash (who scored 28 in 19 balls to help give us a good start and who had the most economical bowling figures in the match). The other 9 people wearing Sussex shirts were all absolutely useless. We started well and kept them to 33 in the Powerplay but. apart from Nash's 4 overs, it was carnage after that. Beer 14 from his only over, Piolet 10, 15 and 12 from his three overs, 18 off a Liddle over, 21 off two Magoffin overs. Then there was the nineteenth over, bowled by Hatchett. 2 sixes, 2 wides and the two extra balls were hit for 4 and 2 - and the final difference between the two sides was 6 runs. 21 off that over of absolute dross again. Our batting, what can you say. After 6 overs we were on 69 - 36 runs ahead of Hampshire. But once Nash was out we had no batting left - just 4 useless batsmen and 5 useless tailenders. Superb innings by Wright but precisely no support. Our numbers 3 to 10 scored exactly 21 runs between them - and took 36 balls to do it. We just needed one of them to get a quick 15 and we would have won. After 18 overs we were still 14 ahead of their score (157 to 143). Of course we then had Hatchett conceding 21 in their nineteenth over while in our nineteenth we scored 4 singles, Magoffin was then out and we didn't score from the last ball. After 18 overs we were 14 ahead, after 19 we were 3 behind. And surely Wright should not have taken that single from the second ball of the last over but should have stayed on strike and backed himself to get boundaries from the last 4 balls. Leaving Liddle on strike to the third ball with 15 runs needed was admitting defeat. Wright just might have got those runs but there was no way Liddle was going to suddenly hit three boundaries. But what can you say about our batsmen? From numbers 3 downwards they were all useless. Cachopa 4 - looks like he'll fit in well. Zaidi 1 - let's be honest, he's turned out to be a very ordinary club cricketer who is about three levels out of his depth in county cricket. Machan 6 - the latest in a long list of failures in all competitions and it doesn't look as though he's going to be good enough. Brown first ball 0 - predictable somehow. Beer third ball 0, Piolet fourth ball 0 - useless. Magoffin 9 from 11 balls but by that stage we needed faster scoring - 9 from 6 balls would have been useful as would 15 from 11. Robbo has got big problems - how is he going to pick a competitive team to play Warwickshire at Horsham next week. MikeTheMan
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