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Hamilton-Brown secures Sussex win

Rory Hamilton-Brown took Twenty20 Cup-best figures of 4-15 as Sussex reached the semi-finals with a convincing 38-run win over Warwickshire at Hove.

Luke Wright hit 38 and Chris Nash an unbeaten 29 off 14 balls as Sussex posted 152-9 from their 20 overs, despite having four batsmen run out.

Warwickshire looked in with a shout as long as Jonathan Trott (56) was there.

But after he and Tony Frost fell in Hamilton-Brown's first over, the Bears could only crumble to 114 all out.

It was an excellent response from Sussex following the disappointment of their Friends Provident Trophy final defeat by Hampshire at Lord's on Saturday.

And it was no more than they deserved for a top-drawer display with the ball, particularly from their spinners.

Hamilton-Brown, Will Beer and Mike Yardy all proved difficult to get away on a pitch the Bears batsmen failed to conquer.

Only Trott looked comfortable as he hit his fifth half-century of this season's competition to become the first man to score 500 Twenty20 Cup runs in a season.

But crucially he lacked support, with captain Ian Westwood (19) the only other Warwickshire player to make double figures.

Neil Carter made only two in an opening stand of 27 with Trott before giving a return catch to James Kirtley after failing to read a slower ball.

Jim Troughton was then bowled by Yasir Arafat, before Tim Ambrose became the first victim of spin when he was adjudged leg before to Beer (2-27) when replays suggested the ball had in fact hit his glove.

Westwood threatened to take the game to Sussex, smashing a Beer full toss for six, only to then fall victim to the leg-spinner when he holed out to Luke Wright at deep midwicket three balls after being dropped by the England one-day man.

And the result was in little doubt when Hamilton-Brown first induced Frost into chopping on to his stumps, before trapping Trott lbw playing across the line.

Kirtley returned to remove Ant Botha, courtesy of an excellent catch in the deep by Dwayne Smith, before Hamiton-Brown bowled both Barker and Stefan Piolet, either side of Arafat bowling Rikki Clarke, to wrap up victory.

Earlier, Wright and Hamilton-Brown (27) had shared 47 for the second wicket as Sussex overcame the early loss of Murray Goodwin.

But after they were both out in quick succession to Clarke the Sussex innings threatened to fall apart until Nash added the late impetus.

Ed Joyce, Yardy, Arafat and Beer all fell victim to a mixture of excellent Warwickshire fielding and sloppy running, while Botha had Smith caught by Clarke and Boyd Rankin bowled Andrew Hodd.


source - bbc.co.uk
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