Sussex v Surrey

Mike Yardy held his nerve under the Hove floodlights with a cool unbeaten 21 to steer Sussex Sharks to their second Twenty20 win in three games as Surrey Brown Caps dived to their first defeat of the season.

Yardy and Carl Hopkinson (10) put on an unbroken 32 to hold off a late Surrey fightback as Sussex, chasing 124 to win, got home by five wickets with 10 balls to spare.

Surrey were always fighting an uphill battle after being dismissed for 123 - their lowest ever score in the competition.

Pace bowler Yasir Arafat (four for 19) checked Surrey's progress, and Sussex overcame the loss of three wickets in mid-innings to claim their first victory over Surrey in the competition at their headquarters.

Sussex got off to a flyer with Matt Prior (23) and Murray Goodwin (30) thrashing 57 in only five overs before Prior holed out at third man in Rikki Clarke's first over.

Former Zimbabwe star Goodwin was bowled by Tim Murtagh and skipper Chris Adams failed to make an impression by being stumped off former Sussex leg-spinner Ian Salisbury.

The Sharks' mid-innings wobble continued with Arafat being bowled attempting to slog Nayan Doshi and Chris Nash holing out at wide mid on off Clarke.

New signing Arafat snapped up three wickets in his final over as Surrey were pegged back on winning the toss before a near capacity crowd of 5,000.

The visitors to failed to find the boundary in the final nine overs of their innings, and former Pakistani Test leg spinner Mushtaq Ahmed helped apply the breaks by taking two for 18 in his four overs.

Mushtaq struck first by bowling Mark Ramprakash for a run-a-ball 23, after he had put on 40 in six overs with Azhar Mahmood, and later sent back Stewart Walters for only a single.

Surrey disappointingly lost their last seven wickets for only 46 after Mahmood was bowled by medium pacer Luke Wright having struck three fours in making 27 from 24 balls.

There were only eight fours and two sixes in Surrey's innings and they crucially lost in-form openers James Benning and Ally Brown inside the first four overs.

Brown, who was dropped twice, also lofted James Kirtley high over mid-wicket for six before becoming the first of Arafat's four victims.


Twenty20 Cup, 2006, South Division
Sussex v Surrey
County Ground, Hove (day/night)
30 June 2006 (20-over match)

Result: Sussex won by 5 wickets
Points: Sussex 2, Surrey 0

Toss: Surrey
Umpires: RA Kettleborough and G Sharp
Twenty20 Debut: CD Nash (Sussex).

Surrey innings (20 overs maximum)                               R   M   B  4 6
JGE Benning           c Wright           b Kirtley              8   2   5  2 0
AD Brown                                 b Yasir Arafat        18  14  11  1 2
MR Ramprakash                            b Mushtaq Ahmed       23  33  23  2 0
Azhar Mahmood                            b Wright              27  24  24  3 0
*R Clarke             c Nash             b Wright               3  10   5  0 0
+JN Batty             c Hopkinson        b Yasir Arafat        23  35  33  0 0
SJ Walters                               b Mushtaq Ahmed        1   3   4  0 0
TJ Murtagh            run out                                   6  15   9  0 0
IDK Salisbury         c Martin-Jenkins   b Yasir Arafat         2   3   3  0 0
JW Dernbach           c Wright           b Yasir Arafat         1   2   2  0 0
ND Doshi              not out                                   1   1   1  0 0
Extras                (lb 2, w 6, nb 2)                        10
Total                 (all out, 19.5 overs)                   123

FoW: 1-8 (Benning), 2-35 (Brown), 3-75 (Ramprakash),
     4-79 (Azhar Mahmood), 5-91 (Clarke), 6-96 (Walters),
     7-116 (Murtagh), 8-120 (Salisbury), 9-120 (Batty),
     10-123 (Dernbach).

Bowling                      O      M      R      W
Kirtley                      4      0     31      1 (1w)
Yasir Arafat                 3.5    0     21      4 (1w)
Martin-Jenkins               4      0     24      0
Mushtaq Ahmed                4      0     18      2 (3w)
Wright                       4      0     27      2 (1nb)

Sussex innings (target: 124 runs from 20 overs)                 R   M   B  4 6
MW Goodwin                               b Murtagh             30  24  20  6 0
+MJ Prior             c Ramprakash       b Clarke              23  20  11  5 0
CD Nash               c Doshi            b Clarke              20  25  25  2 0
*CJ Adams             st Batty           b Salisbury            2   6   8  0 0
Yasir Arafat                             b Doshi               10   6   8  2 0
MH Yardy              not out                                  21  29  23  1 0
CD Hopkinson          not out                                  10  21  16  1 0
Extras                (lb 1, w 7, nb 2)                        10
Total                 (5 wickets, 18.2 overs)                 126

DNB: LJ Wright, RSC Martin-Jenkins, Mushtaq Ahmed, RJ Kirtley.

FoW: 1-57 (Prior), 2-60 (Goodwin), 3-70 (Adams),
     4-87 (Yasir Arafat), 5-94 (Nash).

Bowling                      O      M      R      W
Azhar Mahmood                3      0     26      0 (1nb, 4w)
Murtagh                      2      0     21      1 (1w)
Dernbach                     2      0     28      0
Clarke                       4      1     10      2 (1w)
Doshi                        3.2    0     24      1 (1w)
Salisbury                    4      1     16      1
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