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HIGHLIGHTS & STUMPS: Arafat stars again in perfect Sharks start


The Sharks celebrate a Middlesex wicket at Lord's yesterday

Yasir Arafat has already stamped himself as a key man in this season’s NatWest T20 Blast after his miserly bowling helped guide Sussex Sharks to a 13-run win over Middlesex Panthers at Lord's.

The Pakistan pace bowler blasted two fours from the final two balls to edge Sussex to Friday's two-wicket opening-night victory over Surrey and this time it was with ball in hand that the 32-year-old proved his worth.

Left with 128 to defend the Twenty20 expert – who was a key part of the Perth Scorchers winning the Big Bash League in February - returned 1-17 from four overs as Middlesex slumped to two home defeats in the day.

England seamer Chris Jordan played his part too, crashing an important 25 from 20 balls before claiming 1-25.

Steffan Piolet highlighted the Sharks’ grit with 2-15 after Middlesex might have expected to coast home.

The hosts had posted 180 for five only to lose the opening game of the double-header against Essex, but were unable to replicate that performance with the bat as they were restricted to 115 for six to complete a disappointing day.

Click HERE to read the report in ful courtesy of the ECB website

LISTEN: To the post-match thoughts of Man of the Match Steffan Piolet (HERE), Ed Joyce (HERE) and Coach Mark Davis (HERE) all courtesy of BBC Sussex

WATCH: Highlights of the match via the YouTube link above, courtesy of Sussex TV

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