Umpires were booed off at Hove as Sussex suffered more T20 frustration.

The Vitality Blast fixture against Surrey was halted due to rain 4.5 overs into Sharks’ reply.

Had one more delivery been bowled, a result would have been declared - and Sussex would have won.

Sharks skipper Luke Wright was clearly unhappy with officials Tim Robinson and Paul Baldwin as he marched off.

Spectators, who had earlier sat through an hour-long rain delay without the option of sheltering indoors due to social-distancing protocols, voiced their anger.

This is the moment the umpires called a halt - and were booed off

Wright was hit by a delivery just before the halt was called.

Conditions were tricky - and had been for a while - and the umpires would have had the safety of players in their thoughts.

But the decision to halt play at that moment, then walk across and consult rather than completing the over baffled many.

Sussex coach James Kirtley said: “It’s not how you want to finish a game of cricket.

“The lads are very gutted but they have shown incredible character in what would have been quite a provocative situation.

“As a coach you’re there to keep calm and sometimes keep the team calm.

"We’d have obviously wanted to see it managed differently but the decision was made and we were a ball away from securing two points.”

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