REPORT: Great Scott inspires Sharks through to Finals Day24-Jul-2012
Sussex Sharks have qualifed for Friends Life t20 Finals Day after a thrilling 39-run victory over Gloucestershire Gladiators at The PROBIZ County Ground, Hove this evening in their quarter-final tie.
The Sharks, batting first, racked up an incredible 230 for 4 from their 20 overs as Scott Styris smashed an unbeaten 100 from only 37 balls, the third fastest T20 century of all time in any match. Matt Prior's 60 and Murray Goodwin (55) were both eclipsed by the rampant Styris who hit five fours and nine siexs as he pummelled the Gladiators attack.
Gloucestershire made a valiant effort to chase down the mammoth total and in the context of most other games their 191 for 8 would be a testing score by the Sharks saw the match through to win by 39 runs and qualify for FL t20 Finals Day for the first time since Sussex won the tournament in 2009.
Finals Day ticket details to follow shortly...
Above: Styris salutes the Hove crowd with his incredible century this evening