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Cricket news - Amir four-fer helps Essex overcome Sussex

Amir finished with figures of 4 for 29.

Sussex vs Essex, Hove

Mohammad Amir bagged a four-wicket haul as Essex secured a nine-run win over Sussex in the South Group game at the County Ground in Hove. The victory was Essex's third in eleven games and they are currently placed sixth in their group with 10 points while Sussex, with 15 points from 11 matches, held on to their top spot despite this loss.

Chasing 169 for victory, Sussex were jolted by Amir's early blows as he sent back openers Philip Salt and Luke Wright, while Aaron Beard accounted for Alex Carey to leave the hosts at 25 for 3. David Wiese and Laurie Evans led Sussex's fightback with the former scoring a quick-fire 66 off 37 balls. The equation came down to 21 off the last two overs when Amir was asked to bowl the penultimate over. He responded by bagging the wickets of Chris Jordan and Jason Behrendorff and finished with figures of 4 for 29 as Sussex were restricted to 159 for 9.

Earlier, asked to bat, Tom Westley helped Essex off to a steady start before the visitors found themselves in trouble at 52 for 3 in the eighth over. Daniel Lawrence came up with a crucial knock of 59 not out off 43 balls and helped rebuild the platform for Essex even as Ryan ten Doeschate struggled at one end. Ravi Bopara provided a fiery finish with his 24-ball 45 as Essex posted a total of 168 for 5, which proved to be enough in the end thanks to Amir's spell.

Brief scores: Essex 168/5 in 20 overs (Daniel Lawrence 59*, Ravi Bopara 45; Will Beer 2-19) beat Sussex 159/9 in 20 overs (David Wiese 66, Laurie Evans 35; Mohammad Amir 4-29) by 9 runs.

Middlesex vs Hampshire, London

In what was a clinical performance from Hampshire, led by three-wicket hauls from Kyle Abbott and Chris Morris followed by a 42-ball 69 by skipper James Vince, they secured a seven-wicket win over Middlesex at Lord's to keep their hopes alive. With 10 points from 11 games, Hampshire are placed a spot below Essex on basis of Net Run Rate while Middlesex are at third with 13 points from 11 matches.

Opting to bowl, Hampshire managed to strike at regular intervals to keep Middlesex in check despite the top six all getting into double digits. Having lost Eoin Morgan in the 11th over, Middlesex were 75 for 4 at that stage and managed to move to 121 for 5 in the 18th thanks to Mohammad Hafeez's run-a-ball 34. However, a flurry of wickets in the last three overs meant that Middlesex were bowled out for 128, losing as many as six wickets for the addition of only seven runs.

Vince guided Hampshire in the chase, scoring the bulk of the runs during the powerplay while Rilee Rossouw and Sam Northeast couldn't get going. Vince found some support when Liam Dawson arrived at the crease and they added 63 for the third wicket in quick time to take Hampshire closer to the target. Although Vince didn't stay till the end, Dawson and Ian Holland ensured that Hampshire got over the line without any hiccups.

Brief scores: Middlesex 128 in 20 overs (Mohammad Hafeez 34; Chris Morris 3-21, Kyle Abbott 3-25) lost to Hampshire 131/3 in 14.5 overs (James Vince 69, Liam Dawson 35*; Toby Roland-Jones 1-20) by 7 wickets

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