Sharks Stay Top Of South Group After Closely-Fought Win
Will Beer played a gem of an innings to help Sussex beat Essex at Chelmsford. He struck 12 from only five balls and led the way as the Sharks comfortably got the 10 runs they needed off the last over. The win means they remain top of the South Group after six games, with Essex four points behind in second.
Several of the Sussex batsman had contributed to their successful pursuit of Essex’s 177 for four, with Chris Nash (31 from 28 balls) and Luke Wright (46 from 24) setting the scene with a fast-paced opening partnership of 77 from 51 balls. Matt Prior then played fluently, favouring the off-side as is his wont, during his 19-ball innings of 35, while Murray Goodwin (19 from 15) and Joe Gatting (22 from 18) also chipped in. Graham Napier was the stand-out bowler for the home side as he delivered four overs of almost exclusively yorkers at a cost of just 25 runs that yielded two wickets.
Napier had earlier struck 32 from 27 balls in the Eagles’ innings, but it was their captain James Foster who played the innings of note. He used all of the crease, in particular targeting the shorter boundary, and ended with 65 from only 31 balls as the home side more than doubled their score in the last nine overs.
Tomorrow’s FLt20 Fixtures: (start times in brackets, GMT)
North Group, Derbyshire v Leicestershire at Derby (1830)
North Group, Nottinghamshire v Durham at Trent Bridge (1700)
North Group, Yorkshire v Lancashire at Headingley (1740)
Mid/West/Wales Group, Northamptonshire v Warwickshire at Wantage Road (1750)
Mid/West/Wales Group, Somerset v Gloucestershire at Taunton (1630)
Mid/West/Wales Group, Worcestershire v Glamorgan at New Road (1630)
South Group, Essex v Hampshire at Chelmsford (1800)
South Group, Sussex v Kent at Hove (1810)
Weather Forecast: It will be a relatively typical English summer’s day tomorrow, with sunshine and showers expected. The best of the sunshine will be in the south-east, while the north and west are more likely to see cloud and light showers. It will markedly cooler than today, with temperatures peaking at around 18 or 19 degrees Celsius.
County News In Brief:
19 year-old Northern Ireland seamer Graeme McCarter has agreed a new deal with Gloucestershire, which will see him remain at the club until at least the end of the 2014 season.
It is becoming increasingly likely that Shahid Afridi will miss all of Hampshire’s Friends Life t20 campaign due to international commitments and visa issues.
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