Sussex ended their miserable campaign on a low as they played out a thriller against Warwickshire, writes Piyush Singh.

A similar story unfolded at Hove as Sussex failed to set their innings apace and despite a valiant bowling effort were unable to get over the line in the final game of the One-Day Cup as Warwickshire chased down 276 with one wicket remaining and six balls to spare.

It was agonising stuff with Zach Lion-Cachet, looking into a bright sun, dropping a late catch off Danny Briggs which would have won the game.


Sussex batter Tom Alsop said: “I think disappointing but we haven’t been able to make more games finish in that kind of fashion throughout the competition. It’s great to watch but also brilliant to be a part of.

“We have not been at the races at all really (throughout the competition).”

There was the usual slow approach to the start of their innings by Sussex after being put into bat. Harrison Ward (10 off 19) looked to up the ante but was dismissed as he drove a juicy wide half-volley which in all fairness should have been dispatched to the boundary straight into the hands of Jake Lintott.

Tom Haines got to his 50 but was soon adjudged lbw as he looked to sweep one off Lintott.

Alsop (68 off 87) brought up his slow-paced fifty but struggled to up the run rate before he was caught in the deep as he looked to pull one off Lintott.

Sussex were down to 146-3 in the 32nd over.

Alsop was among the runs today but has struggled throughout the campaign.

He said: “I had a stinker of a competition but it’s nice to score a few and take some confidence into the last month.”

James Coles (8 off 8) was given a reprieve when he was still on zero but failed to capitalise on it as he was caught on long on as he looked to clear the fence for the second time in the over.

Cheteshwar Pujara was soon caught plumb as he looked to glance one off Henry Brookes. Sussex were reeling at 177-5 after 38 overs. All batters got off to a start but lacked the intent to score runs at a quick pace.

Danial Ibrahim’s 46-ball 56, well supported by Bertie Foreman (28 not out off 19), gave the innings much-needed impetus but it was too little too late. Sussex ended their innings with a scant total of 275-8 from their 50 overs.

Lintott picked two wickets and apart from Will Rhodes, all the other bowlers chipped in with a wicket each.

Warwickshire looked in a hurry from the start of their innings. The opening pair of Robert Yates (43 off 40) and Ed Barnard put up 82 in just 13 overs before Yates nicked one to the keeper off Ibrahim.

Aristides Karvelas struck soon on his return from a long injury lay-off as Rhodes (3 off 12) aired one straight to Haines at mid-on.

Ibrahim then cleaned up Alex Davies (2 off 5) with an in-swinging delivery as Warwickshire were reduced to 95-3 in the 19th over.

Sussex fought their way back into the game as they managed to stem the flow of runs and picked up wickets at regular intervals. Jacob Bethell (8 off 13) gave away his wicket in a similar fashion as Yates off the bowling of Sean Hunt.

Barnard held up one end firmly for the away team and brought up a hard-fought century but was dismissed just as he reached the landmark as he decided to step down the track to Coles but completely missed one and was stumped.

Sussex struck again in the next over as Foreman caught Ethan Brookes (43 off 52) plumb. Warwickshire were down to 212-6 after 38 overs.

Former Sussex star Briggs, reprieved by sub fielder Lion-Cachet on the leg-side boundary with five needed for the win, saw his side home with 19 not out off 12 balls.

The hosts showed a fighting spirit not in resemblance with their campaign and kept chipping away with wickets however fell just short in the end.

Sussex now prepare for a massive month in the County Championship.