Sussex win Twenty20 floodlight farce
Sussex are heading for the knockout stages of the Twenty20 Cup after a controversial win over Kent in tonight's South Group tussle against Kent at Hove.
Umpires Rob Bailey and Vanburn Holder took the players off after 11 overs of Kent's reply to Sussex's 131-3 because of bad light when four of the eight floodlights failed to come on due to a generator fault.
Kent were 61-0 but crucially they were behind on the Duckworth-Lewis method and lost by two runs.
The umpires consulted at the end of the 11th over and seemed set to play on but Sussex skipper Mike Yardy brought back Robin Martin-Jenkins, one of his quicker bowlers, and the umpires immediately changed their mind.
Sussex are now three points clear at the top of the group and although they have played more matches than all of their rivals they should reach the knockout stages if they win one of their two remaining games against Surrey (June 22) and Middlesex (June 28).
Kent won the toss and put Sussex in knowing that Duckworth-Lewis calculations would decide the outcome so they could pace their run chase.
On a slow pitch Dwayne Smith made 69 off 59 balls with three sixes and three fours as Sussex scored 131-3.
Kent were ahead on Duckworth-Lewis calculations for most of their reply until, crucially, Yardy conceded just two runs in what turned out to be the final over.
Yardy said: "We're in a good position to qualify but it is not an ideal way to win a game and I feel sorry for Kent and the umpires."