HARRY FINCH wants to let the good times roll at Hove.

Sussex bid to make it three wins from three Royal London One-Day Cup’s games when they host unbeaten Somerset today.

They go in with confidence high after back-to-back victories over a star-studded Surrey at home and then Kent on the road.

Finch hit a 68-ball 89 and Phil Salt and unbeaten 137 in Sunday’s win over Kent as they piled on 171 in 20 overs.

That total eclipsed Sussex’s previous best third-wicket effort in one-day cricket against Kent set by Paul Parker and Colin Wells with a 134-run stand at Canterbury in 1984. Salt’s maiden List A century overshadowed his partner’s contribution but Finch claimed it was a lot of ‘fun’ out in the middle.

And he reckons that the positivity being transmitted down from head coach Jason Gillespie is bringing out the best in himself and his Sussex team-mates. Finch told The Argus: “It was a good partnership with Phil. I was really happy with the score but also the way I played.

“I was happy with how quickly I scored and winning the game alongside Phil.”

Salt said post-match how good it was to be out there batting with a friend.

Finch reckons they are on the same wavelength.

He revealed: “We get on well. A couple of years ago we spent a six-month stint in Sydney together staying with a family.

“We got on well out there and he’s a very good mate. We’re only about a year apart in age so it was nice for two younger, home-grown lads to do well.

“We’ve had stands before but that was the best we have had as a partnership.

“Last year against Australia in 50-over cricket we put on 100 together when we came together.

“Obviously we understand each other and each other’s game but we also have quite good fun when we bat together too.

“It’s quite a similar thing with Luke Wright and Ben Brown, when ever they bat together they seem to get runs. “Sometimes you have that thing with someone and it just clicks nicely.

“We don’t even call – it’s like telepathy!”

Finch believes the brand of cricket Sussex are playing is rooted in last season’s T20 Blast run to the final – and will help him prosper.

He admitted: “Our 50-over cricket as a team hasn’t been a strong suit over the past few years, but there have definitely been a few changes this year in the style we’re playing, which has helped the team and also helped me.

“I’m not sure I was able to play the way I did on Sunday last year.

“It’s pleasing to see improvements in myself but also everybody is really enjoying it, which you do when you win, but also the brand of cricket we are playing. It’s a positive style of cricket.”

That style is being championed by Gillespie and Finch believes it reflects how the 50-over game has changed.

He added: “We tried it last year but Dizzie is really stamping down the way he wants us to go about it.

“All he really talks about is going out there, expressing yourself and having fun and also getting into positions to make good decisions.

“In white-ball cricket, that’s the way it is done.

“If you look at the most successful teams, and especially England, if you want to have any aspirations of winning and playing for England I think that is the way you have to play cricket.

“Gone are the days where you could bat for 50 overs and try to get a 250 score. I think everyone is looking to get at least 300.

“And also it is very good fun. Playing that brand of cricket is very, very enjoyable and it is clear to see when people come to watch us that we are having a good time out there.

“If you look at how well we did in T20 cricket last year, there are a few different personnel but it’s not too different.

“We are just taking the momentum from that and the style of cricket played then and extending it into the 50-over competition.

“If we were batting first the other day I feel we would have got over 400.

“If someone had said that about a Sussex 50-over team a few years ago I think people would laugh to be brutally honest but we have changed our style.

“It’s two from two but we are certainly not getting too far ahead of ourselves.

“There are some tough games coming up with Somerset and then Middlesex.”