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STUMPS: Sussex beaten in thriller at Hove


Sussex Sharks were narrowly beaten this evening by Warwickshire Bears in the Yorkshire Bank 40 at The County Ground, Hove.

Heavy rain before the planned start time at Hove ensured that a delay would take place and play didn’t get underway until 7.30pm, with the match being reduced to 21 overs per side.

Ed Joyce, the returning skipper, won the toss and after electing to field, saw his side restrict the Bears to 157 for 7 from the allotted overs. Another three wickets from the in-form Chris Jordan (3 for 27) was the pick of the bowling as Chris Liddle (2), Lewis Hatchett (1) and Michael Yardy (1) all got in on the act. With wickets falling at regular intervals it looked as though Warwickshire's score would be a mediocre one but Darren Maddy’s late surge with 49 from only 25 balls gave the innings impetus, after former Sussex recruit Tim Ambrose (40) had held the middle overs together.

The Sharks got off to a disappointing start losing Chris Nash after only three balls whilst Rory Hamilton-Brown also fell in the same Chris Wright over. 44 from Luke Wright (from 36 balls) looked like a knock to carry the Sharks home as he and Joyce put on 73 for the third wicket, but with both players falling to catches from mistimed shots, the game hung in the balance.

Yardy hit a run-a-ball 25 but it was left to Joe Gatting (24 not out) and Matt Machan (13) to attempt to gain the 18 from the final over to win the game, but again a double-wicket over proved Sussex’s downfall and the fell 8 runs short of the visitors’ total.

Sussex’s LV=County Championship match with Nottinghamshire takes place at Hove tomorrow and play begins at 12.00pm, with the 11.00am start time being used on the other three days of the match.

Warwickshire Bears 157 for 7, Sussex Sharks 149 for 7

Above: Chris Jordan celebrates his superb one-handed catch of Jim Troughton this evening at Hove (Getty)

LISTEN to the thoughts of Mark Robinson after Sussex's narrow defeat, courtesy of BBC Sussex, by clicking HERE

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