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Liddle leads Sharks to first victory

Chris Liddle steered Sussex to their first Twenty20 Cup win of the season as the Sharks humiliated south coast rivals Hampshire by nine wickets with more than 10 overs to spare.

Seamer Liddle (four for 15) claimed a stunning three-wicket maiden to help limit the hosts to a paltry 85 before Murray Goodwin (46 not out) guided last year's semi-finalists to victory as they completely outplayed Hampshire with both bat and ball.

In overcast and drizzly conditions the Hawks failed to replicate their recent good form in the tournament with only four batsmen making double figures after they had won the toss.

Hampshire did start encouragingly as Ian Harvey (10) in tandem with Michael Lumb (32) progressed to a healthy 38 by the fifth over before the Australian's dismissal sparked what proved to be a crucial collapse.

Lumb soon followed his fellow opener into the pavilion in Liddle's devastating over as the left-arm bowler removed Chris Benham and Sean Ervine for second-ball ducks in completing a remarkable six-ball spell.

Michael Carberry failed to stem the tide by not registering a run but as the home side temporarily halted the slump Michael Brown clpped a leading edge to Dwayne Smith for the West Indian all-rounder to pull off an athletic catch.

Greg Lamb (seven) and Nic Pothas (19) brought some semblance of stability to the innings with a workmanlike partnership of 18 but as they looked to accelerate the dwindling run rate the Hampshire captain was gone.

Rookie Hamza Riazuddin (nought) fell first ball and the tail showed little sign of wagging with Michael Yardy (two for 17) and Liddle removing Lamb and Nantie Hayward (one) leaving Hampshire on their miserly total, 10 balls short of the allocated overs.

Chris Nash's (12) dismissal gave the home fans something to cheer about in the rain as he clipped a short one from Riazuddin to Hayward but once Chris Adams (20 not out) arrived at the crease to join Goodwin it was game over.

The Sussex skipper hit a succession of singles to leave the boundaries to Goodwin as the former Zimbabwe international smashed 10 fours to finish just shy of a half-century but inflict a crushing defeat on improving Hampshire.

source - sportinglife.com
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