Crusaders make if five out of five
Middlesex Crusaders kept up their unbeaten start to the Twenty20 Cup with a comfortable 38-run victory over the Sussex Sharks thanks to a half-century from Billy Godleman.
Godleman finished on 58 from just 34 balls with nine fours and a six before he became the third man out trapped lbw as the Crusaders posted a total of 177 for seven from their 20 overs.
Then some superb bowling from the Middlesex attack restricted the Sharks to just 139 for nine with Dirk Nannes continuing his good form with three for 19.
Sussex never really got going and lost their first wicket in the second over of the innings when Chris Nash (one) top-edged a pull which flew straight up in the air giving Ben Scott a simple catch.
Although Murray Goodwin quickly moved to 20 he soon lost Dwayne Smith in Tyron Henderson's first over as the West Indian all-rounder chipped to wide mid-off for eight.
Captain Chris Adams (10) was next to go with the score on 66 when he holed out to long-on and then Nannes snapped up two wickets in the 13th over. Firstly, Matt Prior (three) tried to make room for a cut but was clean-bowled and then three balls later Goodwin was bowled off a full toss after scoring 52 from 46 balls with six fours.
In the 15th over, Rory Hamilton-Brown was run out for four after a mix-up with Michael Yardy, who himself was trapped lbw four balls later for 13 as the Sharks were reduced to 93 for seven.
Nannes then bowled Andrew Hodd for 16 in the penultimate over and then with the final ball of the innings Robin Martin-Jenkins was bowled by Tim Murtagh for 24.
Earlier Middlesex, having elected to bat, saw Andrew Strauss and Godleman share an opening stand of 76 before Strauss ran himself out for 25. Another 22 runs were added before Henderson was bowled for 14.
After Godleman departed, Eoin Morgan became the fourth man to be dismissed for 28 off a leading edge and with the score on 145, Dawid Malan was the fifth man out, again run out for three, going for a second run.
Ed Joyce did not last much longer as he fell in the 18th over, bowled for 16, and in the final over Scott was run out off a wide for six as Shaun Udal remained unbeaten on 13.