HIGHLIGHTS & REPORT: Sharks make it two wins in two days06-Aug-2014
Sussex Sharks made it two wins in successive days to keep their hopes of progress to the knockout stages of the Royal London One-Day Cup alive after a 36 runs win over Surrey at The Oval.
Half-centuries from Luke Wright, Ed Joyce and Craig Cachopa lifted the Sharks to 289 for eight and Surrey’s reply suffered a fatal blow when Tillakaratne Dilshan was athletically caught off his own bowling by Will Beer, having held the reply together with 85 from 97 balls.
Azhar Mahmood made 40 but Sussex bowled superbly on a slow pitch being used for the third successive game and Surrey’s innings petered out, closing on 253 for nine.
Left-armer Lewis Hatchett had made the breakthrough in the seventh over when he had Steven Davies caught at mid on for 23. Skipper Vikram Solanki and Dilshan took the score to 89 in the 17th over and Solanki looked in good touch until he chased a wide ball from Chris Liddle and was caught behind.
Liddle got some extra bounce to defeat Rory Burns and Gary Wilson chipped a catch to mid on before Dilshan and Mahmood raised Surrey hopes with a stand of 59 in 12 overs for the fifth wicket.
Dilshan played risk-free cricket, hitting just eight boundaries until he was deceived by Beer in the 34th over and drilled a return catch.
Mahmood made 40 but trying for force the pace he was caught behind off a top-edged pull and with him went any hopes Surrey had of avoiding their third defeat out of four in Group B. Left-armers Liddle and Lewis Hatchett both finished with three wickets in an impressive bowling performance by Sussex.
Earlier, three of Sussex’s top four made fifties and although none of them went on to make a big score, Ben Brown and Yasir Arafat provided acceleration at the end to hoist the total to 289 for eight with 68 runs coming off the last five overs.
Sussex lost opener Chris Nash to a diving catch at second slip by Burns during a probing opening burst by Stuart Meaker, but Wright continued his excellent one-day form with 52 off 55 balls including five fours and a six over long on by Meaker.
But his promising start ended in the 15th over when Joyce rightly turned down his call for a single into the off side and he failed to beat Solanki’s throw from short cover.
Cachopa, dropped on 28 by Mahmood at slip, posted his maiden one-day fifty for Sussex in a stand of 84 in 16 overs with Joyce, reaching the milestone by upper-cutting Meaker for six.
By then he had lost Joyce, who was superbly held by the diving Wilson for 58 when Meaker was brought back into the attack in the 32nd over.
Cachopa (71 balls, 5 fours, 2 sixes) mis-timed a sweep off Gareth Batty and was caught at mid-wicket in the 39th and Matt Machan (29) squandered a decent start when he mis-timed a pull off Tim Linley.
But Brown and Arafat, the hero of Sussex’s three-wicket win over Durham on Tuesday, smashed 52 off 35 balls for the sixth wicket with Brown hooking Mahmood out of the ground for six. Although both departed in search of the boundary, Beer provided further acceleration at the end with 19 off six balls including a six over long on off the final ball of the innings.