Sussex skipper Tymal Mills said he refused to get too down after his side suffered a big Vitality Blast defeat at home.

Sharks’ attempt at a run chase failed miserably as they were dismissed by Surrey for 130 after the visitors had set 184-8.

The hosts lost two wickets in the opening over, delivered by Spencer Johnson, and never recovered.

It was a big letdown for a capacity 4,800 crowd who had followed from afar as their side won three away games to go top of the south group.

Surrey take over the leadership but Sharks, who had beaten Gloucestershire in a last-ball thriller in their only previous home fixture, are well placed to go through.

They host Kent at the 1st Central County Ground on Thursday.

Mills, who again bowled well in taking 2-21 from four overs, did not only point the finger at the batting.

He said: "The ball seamed around for quite a long time and we gave them 20 too many with the ball.

“We should have made a better fist of it with the bat and when you're seven down for 70-odd you are up against it, so credit to the lads down the order who got us to a semi-respectable total.

“We'd like to have taken the chase deeper but they have got a high-quality bowling attack so there are things to learn there for us.

“But I'm not going to get too down after one bad game.

“We would have settled for four wins out of six at this stage."

Danny Lamb finished with 3-36 and Ollie Robinson 2-25 while Fynn Hudson-Prentice held three good catches in the deep.

Jamie Smith’s 45 from 22 balls for Surrey followed an early salvo of 41 from 24 by former Sussex batsman Laurie Evans.

Harrison Ward lobbed up a simple catch and James Coles was bowled as Sussex lost two men in the opening over of the reply.

John Simpson, Hudson-Prentice, Jack Carson and Robinson offered brief entertainment for the home crowd as they got into the 20s but Sussex were probably out of the running even before two wickets in as many deliveries for Tom Curran (3-39) left them on 61-7 in the 11th over.