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SECOND ELEVEN: Trophy loss to Kent but honours even in Championship


Sussex’s Second Eleven followed up their three-day Championship draw with Kent this week with a Trophy defeat at Mote Park, Maidstone yesterday.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Sussex made 154 for 8 from their 40 overs as Joe Gatting (pictured) top-scored with 76.

It wasn’t enough to restrict the Kent batsmen though and they reached their target for the loss of six wickets in the 34th over, despite three scalps for Abi Sakande for Sussex, who claimed figures of 3 for 26 from their eight overs.

Earlier in the week, Sussex drew with the same opposition at the same venue in their three-day game.

After being bowled out for 230 in their first innings, Sussex hit back to dismiss Kent for only 156 as trialist Vic Davies added figures of 3 for 10 to his unbeaten knock of 80. Sakande and spinner Josh Poysden took two wickets apiece.

They then took to the crease again and reached 152 for 9 before declaring, with fellow trialist Nathan Hawkes hitting 65. That set the hosts a target of 227 to win this match which had lost a day’s play due to bad weather – but they settled for the draw batting out to reach 135 for 4.

Poysden was the star of the show for Sussex with the ball in the second innings, taking three wickets whilst paceman Sam Grant picked up the other.

The Second Eleven are back in action on Monday when they entertain Surrey in the Second Eleven Trophy at Arundel Castle (12.00pm start) before beginning a three-day Championship match against our neighbours on Tuesday (11.00am start).

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