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Surrey embarrass toothless Sharks

Spinners Chris Schofield and Nayan Doshi shared six wickets as Surrey crushed Sussex at Hove to claim top spot in the Twenty20 Cup South Division.

The Sharks were skittled for just 68 to lose by 100 runs and disappoint the majority of a near-capacity crowd of 7,000.

Former England leg-spinner Schofield did most of the damage by taking four for 12 and left-arm spinner Doshi claimed two for 13 as Sussex - 43 for two at one stage - lost seven wickets for only 19 runs in the space of 33 balls.

Only Pakistani pace bowler Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, coming in at number three, managed double figures with 25 in an abject batting display.

There was drama during Surrey's innings when smoke poured from the top of a floodlight tower in the north west corner of the ground due to an electrical fault, and three fire engines briefly attended the scene as a precaution.

Sussex lost in-form Luke Wright in only the second over, caught at the wicket off Matt Nicholson for only a single, and Murray Goodwin fell for eight when caught at backward point top-edging an attempted pull off Neil Saker.

The hosts, watched by the biggest crowd at Hove since 1999, suffered another blow in losing skipper Chris Adams for only nine.

Adams was bowled by Schofield and the Sharks lost three wickets in the space of four overs to the slow bowlers as they plunged to 51 for six.

Naved was stumped off Doshi and Carl Hopkinson went the same way to Schofield, who then had Andrew Hodd caught at short midwicket.

Sussex's dive to defeat then saw Robin Martin-Jenkins and Ollie Rayner fall to Schofield and Doshi respectively, and Chris Nash was run out before last pair Mushtaq Ahmed and James Kirtley at least took their side past the previous lowest team score in the competition of 67.

There were 3.1 overs remaining when Surrey sealed their big win with Nicholson having Kirtley caught at the wicket.

Surrey had earlier chosen to bat and openers James Benning and Stuart Walters got their side off to a decent start by putting on 40 in six overs when Walters was run out attempting a quick single off Martin-Jenkins.

Benning went on to make 41 with five fours and a six before he smashed Martin-Jenkins powerfully off the front foot and fell to a well-judged catch by Hopkinson at long on.

Former England star Mark Ramprakash smashed spinner Mushtaq for a straight six to bring up the 100 for Surrey in the 13th over, and had made 28 off 21 balls when he skied Kirtley to long off.

Martin-Jenkins claimed his second wicket by bowling Ali Brown for 22 after he had added 31 in three overs for the fourth wicket with skipper Mark Butcher.

Butcher holed out at long off from the final ball of the last over from Kirtley, having fired four fours from 15 balls.

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