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REPORT: Sharks on a roll in Blast after Kent victory

07-Aug-2017


Sussex Sharks comfortably beat Kent Spitfires by five wickets on Friday night at Canterbury, to make it two wins in as many evenings in the NatWest T20 Blast and put themselves right back in contention for a quarter final spot. 

An unchanged eleven from the eight wicket win against Surrey at the 1st Central County Ground, Hove on Thursday, were put into the field after losing the toss.

David Wiese got the Sharks off to a dream start as he bowled the in-form Joe Denly with the first ball of the match.  

Another strong all-round bowling performance saw wickets fall regularly during the Kent innings, Chris Jordan bagging three victims and Wiese, Danny Briggs and Jofra Archer securing two wickets each.

A total of six of the nine Kent wickets were bowled, testament to the Sussex bowlers unerring accuracy.

Whilst finishing wicketless from his three overs, Tymal Mills once again proved extremely difficult to get away conceding just 15 runs.

Sam Billings was the only Kent man to score more than 18 as his 74 from 40 balls took the home side to 163-9 from their 20 overs.

This proved an insufficient total in the face of more Chris Nash runs at the top of the Sharks’ innings and a breezy 49 from Ben Brown. 

Nash picked up where he had left off on Thursday night, following his 64 against Surrey with an unbeaten 73 from 58 balls in a perfectly paced innings. 

His 88-run second wicket partnership with Brown ended when the Sussex ‘keeper was bowled by Darren Stevens for 49 in the 12th over, but by that point the Sharks were well on their way to victory.

Listen to Chris Nash and Ben Brown's thoughts on the game on the Sussex Cricket YouTube channel HERE.

Sussex suffered a slight moment of worry in an otherwise comfortable chase when skipper Ross Taylor went next ball, but Laurie Evans and Chris Jordan offered Nash solid support and the win duly came with an over to spare.

The Sharks are now well-placed in fifth position in the South Group, with a game in hand over fourth-placed Hampshire who have eleven points to Sussex’s ten, and a superior net run rate to the three sides above them in the table.

Following the Specsavers County Championship fixture currently underway at Worcester, Sussex return to Blast action on Thursday against Middlesex at Lord’s before taking on Gloucestershire at the 1st Central County Ground, Hove on Friday night.

Tickets for what will be a massive game against Gloucestershire are available HERE.

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