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SECOND ELEVEN: A win and a loss against MCC Young Cricketers


There were mixed results yesterday for the Sussex Second Eleven as they won one match and lost one in the Second Eleven t20 tournament against the MCC Young Cricketers at the Shenley Cricket Centre.

After being inserted to bat in the first game, Sussex made 130 for 4 from their 20 overs with Michael Rippon top-scoring, making an unbeaten 60. Ollie Graham also chipped in with 21. The total didn’t prove enough to trouble the hosts though as they reached their target with five balls to spare. Andy Miller took three wickets of the four the MCC lost whilst Matt Hobden claimed the other. Adam Hose starred with the bat, top-scoring with 67 not out.

In the second match of the day, the Young Cricketers won the toss and after deciding to bat first this time, made 158 for 7 from their 20 overs. Rippon did the damage with ball with a mean spell of 2 for 17 from his four overs, whilst Hobden also claimed two wickets. Scott McKechnie was the main contributor for the MCC, making 43.

And in a thrilling finale, Sussex won the match off the last ball. Joe Gatting’s swashbuckling 88 from 64 balls laid the foundations for victory whilst Rippon (27) and Scott Styris (pictured), making his first appearance in Sussex colours since his return for this year’s Friends Life t20 tournament, made 21.

The Second XI are back in action tomorrow (Thursday) as they take on Kent in two Twenty20 matches at Stirlands CC. The first match begins at 11.30am and the second 3.00pm.

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