9:00am Monday 9th July 2012
By Steve Hollis
Luke Wright believes Sussex have the momentum to make Twenty20 finals day despite losing their unbeaten record yesterday.
The Sharks will take on Gloucestershire at home in the quarter-finals after going down in a rain-affected match against Surrey at Hove.
Sussex were already certain of topping the south group after winning six of their seven completed matches to make the knockout stages for the fourth year in a row.
The Sharks have lost in the last eight in the previous two seasons but Wright is confident they can overcome the Gladiators if they maintain the form they have shown so far.
Wright said: “As soon as you know you have got a home draw you are happy. It was good to avoid the teams in our own group (Hampshire and Essex) too as we know each other so well.
“It is going to be a tough game because in Twenty20 if one or two players come off on the night then you stand a chance but if we play like we are at the moment I think we can get through.”
Wright smashed an unbeaten 54 off 27 balls as Sussex made 104-0 from nine overs before the rain halted proceedings at Hove for more than two hours.
Surrey were set a revised target of 62 from five overs when the game got underway again and Kevin Pietersen blasted 36 to see the visitors home with two balls to spare.
Wright added: “It was disappointing to have lost but it doesn’t change anything. We know how well we are playing at the moment.
“The Duckworth/Lewis method needs looking at in this format. We had a few World Cup games with England when it favoured the other side hugely and I’ve heard someone in India has found a better way of working things out.”
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