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Sussex ends Hampshire's winning streak

Danny Briggs picked two wickets for Sussex
Danny Briggs picked two wickets for Sussex
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Sussex 127-4 (Brown 42) beat
Hampshire 126-9 (Alsop 64) by six wickets
South Group, Natwest T20 Blast, Southampton

After a clinical bowling performance led by Jofra Archer restricted Hampshire to 126 for nine, Sussex chased down the target comfortably in 17.2 overs with six wickets in hand in the South Group encounter of Natwest T20 Blast in Southampton.

Hampshire won the toss and decided to bat first. James Vince (3) and Rilee Rossouw (1) fell inside three overs as they were jolted early in the innings.

The wickets continued to tumble for Hampshire as they lost George Bailey (6) and Sean Ervine (2) cheaply and were down at 30 for four before Tom Alsop (64) and Lewis McManus (12) tried to show some fight.

Alsop was the aggressor among the two during their 48 run stand but the innings once again lost momentum when Danny Briggs (2-17) removed both McManus and Shahid Afridi (8) in quick succession.

Alsop went past his half-century and singlehandedly took the team to 126 for nine in their innings where the second highest score was from Kyle Abbott (14).

Even though Luke Wright (2) fell early in the chase, Chris Nash (32) and Ben Nash (42) provided a solid foundation to take the score past the 80-run mark in 10 overs. Hampshire managed to dismiss both the set batsmen along with skipper Ross Taylor (12), who was run out by Vince but Laurie Evans (24 not out) ensured Sussex crossed the line in 17.2 overs.

Despite the defeat, Hampshire continue to top the group while Sussex finally managed to open their account and are positioned eighth.

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