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Vince, Abbott stars in Hampshire's 19-run victory over Sussex

James Vince led from the front for Hampshire
James Vince led from the front for Hampshire

Hampshire 188-3 (Vince 81) beat
Sussex 169-7 (Wright 50) by 19 runs
Natwest T20 Blast, South Group, Hove

James Vince scored a blistering 81 while Kyle Abbott claimed a three-wicket haul as Hampshire registered a 19 run win over Sussex in the Natwest T20 Blast South Group encounter in Hove to go top of the table.

Sussex won the toss and decided to field first. Rilee Rossouw (46) scored a six and a four in the second over to kick-off the proceedings while Vince (81) plundered four consecutive fours in the next over. Hampshire ended the powerplay, scoring 48 runs without losing a wicket.

The onslaught from the duo continued as they amassed 54 runs in the next four overs and at halfway mark, Hampshire reached 102 for naught with Vince completing a 33 ball fifty.

The 109 run stand finally ended when Will Beer (1-27) removed Rossouw but Vince continued to score quick and had the company of Michael Carberry (41 not out) as Hampshire ended their innings at 188 for three in the 20 overs.

Despite a promising start from Luke Wright (50) and Chris Nash (21), with both scoring at a strike-rate of 150, Sussex did not build the momentum during the middle overs with Ross Taylor (27) and Laurie Evans (22) struggling to get going.

With the required run rate climbing high, David Wiese (28) tried to provide a late flourish but it did not prove enough as Abbott (3-22) had tremendous figures, restricting Sussex to 169 for seven in their innings.

The 19 run win has taken Hampshire to the top of South Group and Abbott was awarded the player of the match.

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