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Wright century sets up Sussex win

A superb century from Luke Wright saw Sussex cruise to a seven-wicket victory over Kent in the Twenty20 Cup match at Canterbury.

It was the Sharks' first win of the season and they can thank England hopeful Wright, who smashed 103 from just 45 balls with 11 fours and six sixes.

He came to the wicket with the score on seven as Chris Nash (one) was the first wicket to fall, beaten by the pace of Morne Morkel.

Wright and Murray Goodwin shared a stand of 75 before Goodwin was stumped for 30 having been deceived in the flight by James Tredwell.

Century-maker Wright was finally dismissed immediately after reaching double figures but captain Chris Adams - unbeaten on 32 - saw the Sharks home with 17 balls to spare.

Earlier, Kent got off to a lightning start with Robert Key and partner Joe Denly playing some delightful shots to all parts as the pair took advantage of some wayward bowling.

The pair shared an opening partnership of 65 in just eight overs before Denly was run out for 34.

Key pushed behind square and Denly set off but was sent back by the Kent captain with Denly well out of his ground after smart work from Mushtaq Ahmed.

Former England opener Key continued to dominate the bowling and went to his 50 from just 39 balls with five fours and two sixes and he smashed a couple more boundaries before he too was run out for 62 in bizarre circumstances.

Key, suffering from a tight hamstring, missed a wide delivery and the ball was thrown to Wright at cover who noticed the runner, Denly was out of his ground.

He immediately threw the ball back to Andrew Hodd who took off the bails and Key was on his way back to the pavilion.

Matthew Walker, after striking a huge six of Ollie Rayner's first ball, attempted to repeat the shot with the next ball and was easily caught on the square leg boundary.

However, the Spitfires did not advance as they would have hoped and only took 30 runs from the final four overs which included only one boundary.

Martin Van Jaarsveld and Ryan McLaren were unbeaten on 42 and 22 respectively.

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