Sussex scrambled a bye off the final ball of the game to record a three-wicket win over Gloucestershire in their Vitality Blast opener.

Chasing 168, the final over began with Sussex needing 10 to win but Fynn Hudson-Prentice, whose 47 appeared to have taken them to the brink of victory, was caught behind to give Matt Taylor his third wicket.

With eight needed off three deliveries, Jack Carson swung a six on to the pavilion roof and then scrambled a single to leave Nathan McAndrew facing the final ball.

McAndrew failed to make contact, but James Bracey missed his shy at the stumps and Sussex, who only won once at Hove in last year's tournament, completed a breathless triumph.

Gloucestershire will feel it was a game they should have won, but they could not fully capitalise on a strong start from openers Miles Hammond (33) and Cameron Bancroft (31) and their innings ended poorly when Sussex's new skipper Tymal Mills took three wickets in the final over as he returned four for 25.

Skipper Jack Taylor was the first of those three late wickets but his 52 - his third half-century in the format - helped the visitors post 167 for eight, before his brother Matt Taylor took two early scalps in his three for 32.

But, with Sussex 53 for four in the eighth over of their chase, John Simpson joined Hudson-Prentice to add 56 off 37 balls and get them back on course.

Simpson made 36 off 19 before pulling a ball from Marchant de Lange to mid-wicket, but Danny Lamb and Hudson-Prentice maintained the momentum with 47 off 32 to take Sussex to within 13 of victory with two overs remaining.

There was another twist when Ajeet Singh Dale deceived Lamb with a slower ball and conceded just three runs to set up a thrilling final over but Sussex got over the line.