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NEWS: Rain denies Sharks after impressive bowling display


Rain thwarted the Sussex Sharks’ bid for victory for the third time this season in the NatWest T20 Blast as they entertained Middlesex at The 1st Central County Ground, Hove on Friday evening.

Sussex appeared to be in with a good chance of beating Middlesex when they restricted the visitors to 136-6 from 17.4 overs, until rain brought an early end to the innings and the match.

An impressive all-round bowling performance from the Sharks prevented Middlesex from ever really releasing the shackles.
David Wiese took two wickets in his 2.4 overs, including the first of the night, which had given the Sharks an excellent start when Middlesex found themselves at 3-1 after Nick Gubbins edged behind to Ben Brown. Brown had a productive night behind the stumps, taking three catches in total.
In the sixth over, Jordan took the key wicket of Middlesex captain, Brendon McCullum, who was moving through the gears and threatening to post a big score, when he was caught behind by Brown for 26 off 15 balls.

Jofra Archer took 2-17 off his three overs and bowled with real pace, breaking the 90mph barrier in front of the Sky cameras. His dismissals of John Simpson and Eoin Morgan came in the space of three balls and left Middlessex at 44-4 after 6.3 overs.

Danny Briggs, bowled with superb control and his four overs went for just 20 runs over two spells and included the wicket of James Franklin, who was just getting going when he was the fifth man to fall for a run-a-ball 16 with the score on 81.

A first rain delay came at 88-5 after 14.1 overs. After a short break, a stand of 53 in five overs between George Scott (38 not out) and Ryan Higgins (31) gave Middlesex some impetus towards the end of their innings, before a nerveless catch on the boundary from George Garton brought Wiese his second wicket.

After that just one more ball was possible before the rain interrupted for the second and final time.

Despite the damp conditions, The 1st Central County Ground was rocking, with the volume of the crowd rising with each wicket. Many thanks to match sponsor, LanGuard Alarms.

The Sharks head to Taunton tomorrow ahead of Sunday’s match with Somerset and will take plenty of confidence from Friday’s bowling performance.

With only one result possible from the three games in the South Group on Friday, the table remains tight.

Sussex’s next home game is against Surrey on Thursday 3rd August (7.30pm start), with limited tickets available to buy online HERE.

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