6:53pm Tuesday 13th October 2009
By Bruce Talbot
Sussex threw away the chance of progressing into the second round of the Champions League after they lost in a Superover against Diamond Eagles in Delhi tonight.
Chasing 120, the South Africans scored 11 runs off the last over from Yasir Arafat to tie the match with former Kent left-hander Ryan McLaren hitting two boundaries off the final three balls.
That meant a Superover and Rilee Roussow hit Arafat's fourth ball for six as Eagles managed nine from their single over.
Sussex lost Dwayne Smith and Rory Hamilton-Brown were bowled by CJ de Villiers off the first two balls of Sussex's reply and it was all over as only two wickets are allowed in a Superover.
Rossouw had earlier made 65 off 62 balls but Sussex's spinners dragged it back well with Piyush Chawla taking 2-17 and Rory Hamilton-Brown 2-13 as Eagles faltered.
Joe Gatting top scored for Sussex with 25 while Ed Joyce made 21 but the Sharks lost too many top-order wickets too quickly although Luke Wright smashed 19 off 12 balls including two sixes.
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