Sharks hold the advantage against the Sabres
The Sussex Sharks hold a slight advantage after scoring 155-7 against the Somerset Sabres at Hove thanks to an aggressive innings by Luke Wright at the start of the innings.
The England World Cup winner scored a quick fire 39 runs from just 19 balls after the defending champs had been put into bat by the Sabres.
After a quite start Wright lit the touch paper to treat the crowd to a display of power hitting which included 6 fours and 2 sixes.
Wright was hitting the ball which such velocity that he brought the Sharks 50 up with a boundary which snapped his bat in two just under the handle.
With a new bat in hand Wright was unable to increase his score after he was caught by Nick Compton in the covers to give Peter Trego the break through at the end of the power play overs to leave the Sharks 58-1.
After such a bright start the home side were restricted by the Sabres slower bowlers with Murali Kartik and Zander de Bryn both picking wickets as Murray Goodwin (30) and Dwyane Smith (0) were both dismissed in the space of two balls.
With two new batsmen at the crease Chris Nash and Ed Joyce built a key partnership of 26 runs to leave the Sharks 105-4 when Nash was caught by Trego out of the boundary.
Joe Gatting offered little adding just 1 run before he became the second victim of Kartik who finished his fours overs with figures of 2-22.
With two quick wickets the Sabres were now on top and they struck again to remove Joyce (14) who was run out at the start of the 15th over to leave the defending champs 109-6 having lost three wickets in the space of 9 balls.
Despite losing skipper Mike Yardy (4); Yasir Arafat (22) and Andy Hodd (18) built an important partnership of 35 from just 19 balls to give the Sharks the slight advantage.