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REPORT & REACTION: Sharks' quarter-final hopes ruined by weather at Hove

28-Jul-2016

George Garton claimed figures of 4 for 16 on only his second NatWest T20 Blast appearance

Sussex Sharks produced their best bowling performance of this season’s NatWest T20 Blast but are out of the competition after rain robbed them of victory against Glamorgan at The 1st Central County Ground, Hove.

Having dismissed Glamorgan for 101 in 13.2 overs, Sussex were 30 for 1 when the rain, which had reduced the contest to 14 overs a side, returned after four overs of their reply.

The teams got back out for one more ball before it started to rain again and they were unable to return to bowl the five more deliveries which would have constituted a game. Umpires Peter Hartley and Steve Gale abandoned the game at 9.50pm with both sides taking one point each. As it was Essex’s win over Middlesex at Lord’s knocked Sussex out of contention for the knockout stages anyway.

The point secured a home tie for Glamorgan in the quarter-finals with a game to spare.

Chris Nash (10) drove to cover in the second over of the reply but Sussex were ahead on Duckworth/Lewis when the rain returned.

Star of the show for Sussex was 19-year-old left-armer George Garton who bowled superbly to take career-best figures of 4 for 16. Glamorgan only got as many as they did thanks to a last-wicket stand of 24 between Michael Hogan (13 not out) and Shaun Tait (12).

A near sell-out crowd at Hove were rewarded for their patience when the game started at 7.50pm, as the Sussex quick bowlers relished a pitch with bounce and carry while too many Glamorgan batsmen gave their wickets away with loose shots.

Garton came on in the fifth over with Glamorgan already in trouble. Tymal Mills first over consisted of ten deliveries but he finished it by inducing Mark Wallace (0) to drive his slower delivery to extra cover and give Matt Machan the first of five catches, a new county record in the competition.

Colin Ingram (10) fell in identical fashion in Mills’ next over and David Lloyd (7) was caught at cover having been squared up by Jofra Archer.

Garton had Aneurin Donald (6) brilliantly caught by Machan running around the deep mid-wicket boundary and in his next over Garton held an easy return catch when Graham Wagg (7) mis-timed a pull. The 19-year-old then claimed two wickets in his final over as Andrew Salter (2) was bowled heaving across the line and Timm van der Gugten (4) caught at short fine leg.

Skipper Jacques Rudolph joined the procession when he mis-timed a pull off leg-spinner Will Beer. At 62 for 8 Glamorgan were in a sorry state but their last two wickets did manage to add 39 runs before Chris Jordan had Craig Meschede (8) and Tait (12) both caught at mid-off by safe hands Machan.


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