Veteran seamer Mark Robinson hopes to strike gold again today and help take Sussex a step closer to their first Benson and Hedges Cup final.

Robinson picked up his first gold award in the win over Kent earlier this month in his 34th appearance in the competition.

Now he has his sights trained on Surrey's star-studded line-up as Sussex try to reach the semi-finals for only the second time.

"Winning my first gold award against Kent was one of the highlights of my career, even though I didn't bowl that well," said Robinson.

"I got close once for Northamptonshire when we played Worcester. They needed eight off the last over which I bowled with Ian Botham on strike, but they didn't get them. They still gave the award to Botham for 90-odd not out in a high-scoring game."

Sussex topped their qualifying group and have since extended their unbeaten run to five matches.

Robinson added: "We haven't had two of our most experienced guys in Chris Adams and Tony Cottey, but the young batsmen have responded to pressure situations in the best way possible."

Surrey have lost their last three one-day games although Robinson accepts that Sussex, even with home advantage, are firm underdogs.

He said: "Obviously we would have preferred to be playing someone like Durham at this stage, but since I came to the club our one-day record against Surrey has been quite good.

"No one will fancy us to win, but as a bowling unit we back ourselves to keep things tight if we can get a score on the board."

Adams will decide this morning whether he is fit to return after nearly a month out with a broken thumb.

He had another net yesterday and I believe he will return to the side.

It will be unfortunate for Mike Yardy, whom Adams is likely to replace, but Sussex cannot afford to be without a player with his big match experience as well as a one-day career average of over 40 if he is fully fit.

Sussex (from): Montgomerie, Goodwin, Adams, Zuiderent, House, Martin-Jenkins, Rashid, Prior, Davis, Kirtley, Robinson, Yardy, Cottey, Lewry.

Surrey (from): Butcher, Ward, Brown, Thorpe, Stewart, A. Hollioake, Ramprakash, B.Hollioake, Bicknell, Salisbury, Tudor, Giddins.