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REPORT & HIGHLIGHTS: Sharks beaten in first Royal London One-Day Cup outing


Sussex Sharks were beaten in their first Royal London One-Day Cup outing of the season, by 87 runs lastnight by Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.

James Vince's century laid the foundations for Hampshire with an 89-ball 103, which saw the hosts make 343 for 6, before the Sharks were bowled out for 256 in reply.

Liam Dawson then starred with the bat and ball – scoring an unbeaten 73 and returning figures of six for 47 – to help Hampshire keep Sussex in check as the home side successfully defended an Ageas Bowl high 343.

After Vince had won the toss and elected to bat first, Michael Carberry endured a second golden duck in under a week as he edged Ollie Robinson behind.

Hampshire rebuilt well after the early set-back as Jimmy Adams gained some much needed confidence with a six to the short leg side boundary, before moving past 3000 career List A runs.

Just as Adams looked set to notch a season reviving score he flicked powerfully off his legs to George Bailey at square leg who held on well as the opener departed for a run-a-ball 34 – after a 56 run stand with Adam Wheater.

Wheater was unfortunate to pick out Ed Joyce at short extra cover off Chris Liddle after a fulsome 45 before Joe Gatting was farcically run out by Australian Bailey. At the other end Vince was moving smoothly through his repertoire of shots and reached his fifty in 41 balls.

Vince continued with his sensible yet classy batting and scored his first three figure score of the season in 79 balls, which included 12 fours, his fourth format century. But he only added three more to his hundred before spinner Chris Nash bowled him, before Gareth Berg picked out Matt Machan on the midwicket rope – as Hampshire decelerated to 265 for 6.

But a magnificent seven over stand between Liam Dawson and Chris Wood resulted in 78 runs being smashed. Dawson in particular impressed with his patient 56 ball fifty before he opened up with two sixes to finish on an unbeaten 73. Wood ended on 38 not out as Hampshire scored their highest Ageas Bowl List A score of 343 for 6.

Sussex’s innings started poorly as Nash was leg before to Yasir Arafat – the batsman incredulous after attempting to flick over square leg.

Machan and Luke Wright added 110 for the second wicket – with the latter taking a particular liking to Danny Briggs, smashing three sixes in one over against his former England one day teammate.

Wright reached a deserved half century in 39 balls before his partner in crime Machan followed him to the milestone in a more sedate 67 deliveries.

Just as the pair had looked to have taken the game away from Hampshire, Wright smashed a full toss straight to Mason Crane on the long on boundary for 58. Former Hampshire batsman Bailey edged Wood behind as fast bowling returned in the 27th over before Scotland international Machan picked out Gatting in the deep for 93 to give Crane his first List A wicket.

Leg spinner Crane added a second as Craig Cachopa skied to Liam Dawson at cover as the visitors stalled in the middle overs. Luke Wells hit Dawson for a six but found Gatting the next delivery before Ollie Robinson was bowled and Sussex debutant Alfonso Thomas was lbw.

And Dawson completed his first format five-for as he had Ed Joyce lbw before he completed the win for Hampshire as Tymal Mills offered a simple chance to Gatting.

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