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Cricket news - All-round Sussex ease to nine-wicket win

Philip Salt composed an enterprising, unbeaten 72

Philip Salt composed an enterprising, unbeaten 72

A disciplined effort with the ball followed by a powerful batting display from the top-order helped Sussex register a comfortable nine-wicket win against Hampshire in the T20 Blast match at the County Ground in Hove on Saturday (June 12).

Archie Lenham and George Garton picked up five wickets between them to restrict Hampshire to 154 for 7. Sussex then needed only 16.2 overs to get to the target, with Philip Salt and Ravi Bopara taking them over the finish line by scoring unbeaten half-centuries.

Opting to bat, Hampshire lost D'Arcy Short in the third over with only three runs on the board. James Vince managed to up the scoring rate with some boundaries but Hampshire could only get 35 in the powerplay, and 60 by the time the 10th over was completed - while losing both Vince and Tom Alsop who put on a half-century stand.

Wickets fell regularly in the second half of their innings as they slipped to 129 for 7 after 18 overs. That they managed to cross 150 was thanks to James Fuller (26*) and Chris Wood, who managed five fours between them in the last two overs.

In contrast to Hampshire's innings, Sussex had raced away to 58 in the first six overs with Travis Head and Salt cracking regular boundaries. As many as six fours and three sixes were struck in the first five overs, and despite the dismissal of Head in the fourth over, there was no respite for the Hampshire bowlers.

There were a few quiet overs but nothing that would force Sussex to hit the alarm button. Bopara was watchful at the start of his innings but Salt was finding the boundaries from time to time. Bopara also hit the straps in the 11th over, scoring a four and a six off Fuller to help Sussex past 100 in the 11th over.

Bopara ended up with a tally of six fours and a six while Salt had five fours and as many sixes as they powered Sussex to No. 2 in the South Group table.

Brief scores: Hampshire 154/7 in 20 overs (James Vince 36, James Fuller 26*; Archie Lenham 3-14, George Garton 2-11) lost to Sussex 155/1 in 16.2 overs (Philip Salt 72*, Ravi Bopara 56*; Ian Holland 1-14) by 9 wickets.