Sussex 185-6 (Goodwin 58no, Yardy 48, Chapple 3-30) beat
Lancashire 183 (Horton 56, Vincent 50, Nash 3-8, Yardy 3-54) by four wickets
NatWest Pro40 Division One, Hove
Sussex were made to work hard chasing Lancashire’s 183 in their Pro40 match at Hove. An unbeaten half-century from Zimbabwean Murray Goodwin led his side to victory to keep up their title hopes in Division One moving to the top of the table.
Stand in skipper Glen Chapple won the toss for Lancashire and elected to bat under cloudy skies in their day/night match with Sussex at Hove. Lou Vincent looked to play characteristically at the top of the innings, he took 16 off one of Martin-Jenkins’ overs as the Lightning looked to make full use of the powerplay. With the ball not doing much Karl Brown (22) looked to join the party, he struck some nice boundaries and was looking good before a mix up with Vincent led to his run out at the non-strikers end.
Vincent (50) and Paul Horton saw their side to the end of the powerplay overs with the score on 70. Vincent took Michael Yardy’s first over for 18 to bring up his half-century from just 49 balls. Yardy had the last laugh; however, as he trapped the New Zealander leg before just four balls later, as the visitors found themselves on 102 for two. Yardy and Rory Hamilton-Brown slowed the run rate considerably as the Lancashire batsmen struggled to hit the boundaries and rotate the strike. Francois Du Plessis was clean bowled by Yardy as Lancashire lost wickets in the middle overs. Hamilton-Brown meanwhile claimed the wickets Steven Croft (13) who fell to a brilliant catch by Smith on the long off boundary and Gareth Cross (ten) who hit the spinner for a maximum the ball before he was bowled.
Horton made it to his half-century in sluggish style, his 68 ball innings included just two boundaries as he looked to play the anchor role for the away side. Wickets continued to fall at the other end as Chapple (one) became Yardy’s third wicket when he chipped one straight to Chris Liddle on the mid-wicket boundary as the away side were reduced to 161 for six. Horton (56) eventually fell to a catch on the long-off boundary when he looked to go after the part-time bowling of Chris Nash. Nash and James Kirtley bowled well at the death. Another run out saw the departure of Tom Smith (two) which was followed up by the departure of Kyle Hogg who also fell victim to Nash as he was trapped in front for seven. With 23 balls and one wicket of the innings remaining Lancashire looked unlikely to bat out the overs and indeed they didn’t as Nash picked up a third wicket when he bowled Gary Keedy to finish on 183, with seven balls left unused.
Yardy finished with three for 54, whilst Hamilton-Brown took two for 30 in a vital job done in the middle overs. Nash took three for eight in just his fourth bowl for the county.
Sussex openers Yardy (48) and Nash (26) made use of some wayward bowling from the Lancashire opening pair of Oliver Newby and Hogg. Chapple came together with Smith and provided more control for the visitors. Chapple claimed the breakthrough wicket when Nash attempted a paddle sweep which looped up to short fine leg. He followed that up with the wicket of Sussex skipper Chris Adams (one) who wafted at a wide delivery edging behind. Yardy and Murray Goodwin (58 not out) came together looking to knock around singles as the spinners tied down the batsmen. Keedy in particular was getting a lot of turn making life difficult for the pair, Yardy looked to sweep but was eventually caught out when a sweep shot clipped the top edge and Smith took the catch at short fine leg.
Dwayne Smith (15) played characteristically in his short innings; he hit a huge six off Du Plessis but was caught on the boundary at mid-wicket shortly after attempting another maximum as Du Plessis claimed his revenge on the West Indian. Chapple ran the changes as Carl Hopkinson (eight) joined Goodwin at the crease eventually bringing himself back on to take the wicket of the incoming batsman who drove straight to Croft at extra cover for the skipper’s third wicket. Meanwhile Goodwin brought up his half-century with an outside edge past the despairing dive of the wicket-keeper Cross for a boundary. Successive boundaries virtually sealed the match for Sussex, Hamilton-Brown (seven) chipped straight to mid-off looking to finish the game off in style before Martin-Jenkins (five not out) struck the winning boundary.
Chapple was the pick of the bowlers for Lancashire finishing with three for 30 as they stay bottom of the table with just three points.
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