Surrey cruised to an easy seven-wicket victory over Sussex Sharks with 21 balls to spare, to continue their unbeaten start to the campaign, writes Joe Grant.

Half centuries from Jason Roy and Will Jacks saw the home side cruise to victory at the Kia Oval, with Sussex barely laying a glove on their opponents.

Roy reached 50 from 47 balls before slicing a ball from Obed McCoy to point and Jacks hit 57 from 36 balls before he was caught in the deep by McCoy trying to hit Tymal Mills over the rope.

McCoy was the only real bright spark for Ravi Bopara’s side, continuing his brilliant form since joining the club. The West Indies bowler took two wickets for 17 runs from three overs and three balls.

Sussex only managed to score 146-7 from their 20 overs giving their bowlers a difficult task to defend it. Former Shark Chris Jordan was the nemesis for his old side with the ball, taking two wickets for 23 runs from his four overs.


Sunil Narine bowled a very economic four overs, taking one wicket for 21 runs to control the visitors scoring.

Fynn Hudson-Prentice anchored the batting innings for the Sharks and managed to get them up towards a decent score.

Hudson-Prentice finished the innings 49 not out in a steady innings.

Tom Alsop scored 38 off 28 and Harrison Ward hit 31 off 23 to provide flourishes for the visitors but no one stayed in long enough to put a real dent in Surrey’s bowling attack.

Sussex struggled without Luke Wright at the top of the order who missed out through injury. Captain Bopara only managed six runs.

Tim Seifert could not kick on from his hundred against Hampshire; the New Zealander was bowled by Reece Topley for four.

Kieron Pollard smashed 23 runs off just 11 balls to see Jordan’s side over the line and former Sussex player Laurie Evans hit the winning single off McCoy.