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Sharks triumph in Twenty20 Cup Final

Dwanye Smith was the star for the Sussex Sharks helping then cruise to glory at Edgbaston to win the Twenty20 Cup final with a 63 run triumph against the SomerSet Sabres.

The all-rounder blasted three sixes and seven boundaries to guide Sussex to 172-7, aided by a late 46-run stand between Chris Nash and Yasir Arafat.

Somerset made an explosive start with Marcus Trescothick (32), but his wicket sparked a dramatic batting collapse.

Seamer James Kirtley (3-9) was the pick of the Sussex bowlers.

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The victory will go some way to compensate Sussex's defeat to Hampshire in the Friends Provident final, as well as assuring them a place in the lucrative Twenty20 Champions League in India.

Somerset captain Justin Langer repeated his semi-final tactics after winning the toss, electing to field first under the lights and utilise the control of South African new-ball pair Alfonso Thomas and Charl Willoughby.

And it was Willoughby who made the vital breakthrough when he had Murray Goodwin, whose 73 against Northants guided Sussex into the final, caught behind by Craig Kieswetter for seven in the second over.

Expansive strokeplay from new batsman Rory Hamilton-Brown, alongside Luke Wright, ensured Sussex maintained their early momentum during the six-over powerplay.

But their promising 32-run partnership came to a tame end when indecision between the wickets saw Luke Wright run out by a direct hit from Kieswetter.

The dismissal brought Smith to the crease, announcing his arrival with two boundaries in three deliveries, much to the delight of the sizeable Sharks contingent at Edgbaston.

Max Waller, who went for 11 runs from his solitary over against Kent, ended Hamilton-Brown's stay, trapped lbw for 25 in the 10th over, although replays suggested the ball would have comfortably missed leg stump,

But Smith maintained his onslaught, launching leg-spinner Waller high into the stands for a 95m-long six before reeling off a brutal straight-driven maximum and a subtle late cut behind square for four off Ben Phillips.

Despite Smith's pyrotechnics, Sussex continued to lose wickets at the other end, slumping to 80-4 when Ed Joyce was deceived by a slower ball from Peter Trego.

Smith brought up his 50 from just 23 deliveries with a brutal straight six off Waller in an eventful 14th over, before drilling the next two deliveries for successive boundaries.

However, Waller avenged his earlier mauling when he had Smith stumped attempting to switch-hit a short leg-side delivery over point.

Captain Michael Yardy followed seven balls later, but late resistance from Nash (28 from 22 deliveries) and Arafat (20 not out off 16 balls) pushed Sussex to 172-7.

Somerset's response was impressive as Trescothick, who smashed 56 from 32 deliveries against Kent, brought up his 1000th Twenty20 run with a perfect square cut boundary off Arafat.

The left-hander then twice launch Wright into the stands for leg-side sixes as the Sabres raced to 34-0 from just three overs.

But just as Trescothick threatened to cut loose, he top-edged a catch to Hamilton-Brown at deep cover off Kirtley, ending his entertaining 15-ball innings.

Langer feel soon after, bowled misjudging an Arafat delivery while James Hildreth was dismissed for 1 in the eighth over.

Leg-spinner Beer collected a second wicket when the dangerous Kieswetter was stumped skipping down he track as Somerset's innings began to subside.

With the run-rate rapidly accelerating towards double figures, Trego attempted to alleviate the pressure with two successive sixes off Beer.

But any distant hopes of victory evaporated when the all-rounder was caught attempting another huge hit by Smith at long on.

Kirtley entertained the crowd with two wickets in two balls before victory was sealed with 16 balls to spare when Thomas drilled a simple catch to Yardy at short cover.

source - bbc.co.uk/cricket
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