James Coles says Sussex are in “a good place” after a winning Vitality Blast weekend.

Sharks followed Friday’s success at Surrey by comfortably seeing off Gloucestershire by 48 runs in Bristol yesterday.

Coles, who made 54 off 33 balls, said: “We’re in a pretty good place right now.

“We’ve talked about trying to be positive and that certainly the case when I came out there with us on 16-2.

“I had more time than I have had in other games and batting with Dan Hughes (who scored 65) made things a lot easier.

“It was quite a tricky pitch to bat on, so it was good that I was able to give myself a few balls to get in.

“Dan Hughes is so calm and makes it all look so easy and effortless.

“He’s so impressive and all I had to do was support him while he played his shots.”

Sussex have gone top of the early South Group table after three wins from four matches.

Coles said: “We’re building momentum now and cannot wait for the next game.”

Hughes top-scored with a blistering 65 off 37 balls, while Coles contributed 54 from 33 deliveries in a match-winning third-wicket stand of 113 as the visitors ran up an imposing 208-6 after being put into bat.

Only Josh Shaw and David Payne, who claimed 3-27 and 1-21 respectively, avoided severe punishment as Sussex mustered an impressive combined tally of eight sixes and 22 fours in a fearsome display of big-hitting.

Gloucestershire never really threatened to come close, Cameron Bancroft top-scoring with 42 in a reply that came up well short at 160-8 in the face of disciplined bowling from seamers Ollie Robinson, Fynn Hudson-Prentice and Tymal Mills as Sharks made it three wins in four games.

Robinson also came up with a brilliant direct-hit run out.

It is a promising start to the Blast by Sharks, who face the double test next weekend of a Friday night trip to Chelmsford and a home date with Surrey on Saturday.