SUSSEX T20 skipper Luke Wright has praised Danny Briggs after another impressive performance with the ball.

The spinner has been in fine form this season having taken six wickets in the three Vitality Blast games the club has bowled in Briggs took 1-18 from his four overs in Thursday’s narrow defeat to Kent in the Blast.

However, Wright has praised Briggs for how reliable he has been for Sussex in all competitions so far this season.

He said: “He is amazing isn’t he, after getting the worst end to bowl from in tough conditions. Bt he is absolutely outstanding.

“Danny is so reliable and I know whenever I feel like I’m struggling etc I just give the ball to him to do the tough job.

“He is bowling brilliantly and I think last year that injury probably put him back and he returned too soon from it and didn’t feel at his best.

“At the moment he is bowling at his best and hopefully that continues.”

Sussex now have a break in the Vitality Blast and turn their attention to the Bob Willis Trophy as they head to the Oval to take on Surrey today.

One player who could return to Sussex’s side in the four-day game is David Wiese.

The South African all-rounder was stuck in his home country during the lockdown and only returned to the south coast at the end of last week.

However, since returning Wiese has been on fire with the bat, scoring 160 runs in his last three innings in the Blast and having only been out once.

Sussex’s skipper Wright explained that Wiese did not feel he played at his best against Kent despite scoring 38 from 30 balls.

He said: “That is where Davey is amazing.

“He has apologised in the changing room because he thought he got it wrong, tonight he didn’t feel like he was at his best.

“If that is him not playing at his best then you know you have got a fine player, but he’s the sort of player that he sets such high standards for himself that he thinks he should have done better.

“That is a nice place to be when you are in that position and scoring runs.

“There is a lot of positives - as we’ve said we are doing a lot of things right, so I am certainly not doom and gloom, it is just one of those points that you do feel that got away from us and if we had won we would have given ourselves a big gap.

“But going forward I am still feeling very happy with where we are at.”

Sussex have had to deal without having Jofra Archer for all of the season so far and no Chris Jordan for parts of it, due to their involvement with the England set-up.

One man who has stepped up with the ball in their absence is George Garton.

The 23-year-old fast bowler has impressed in all competitions, picking up 15 wickets in the five matches he has played in, including 5-26 in the four-day game against Essex last month.

Garton got 2-31 in his four overs against Kent and Wright, revealing how hard he has been working off the field and how Sussex are benefitting from it so far this season.

Wright said: “The positive for us this season has been someone like George Garton. It has been great to see him.

“He didn’t quite get it right in one of the games. But he went away and worked on it and came up with a better plan and delivered it.

“For George it was a positive for him to get more responsibility.”

Sussex currently sit fifth in their group in the Bob Willis Trophy having lost three of their first four games.

However, their opponents Surrey sit bottom of the table and have lost all four of their matches in the competition so far.