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Sussex coast to fourth win in row

Sussex strengthened their bid for a place in the quarter-finals of the Twenty20 Cup after a convincing six-wicket home victory over Surrey.

On another night of floodlight failure at Hove, Sussex's fourth straight win keeps them top of the South Division.

Chasing Surrey's modest 123 all out, Sussex coasted to victory on 125-4.

Openers Murray Goodwin (38) and Luke Wright (31) laid the foundations with a stand of 71 as the home side reached their target in 16.4 overs.

Rreprising the role he had enjoyed during England's World Cup campaign, Wright belted three successive balls from Chris Jordan through the off side on his way to 31 from 26 balls before being stumped after giving Usman Afzaal the charge.

Matt Prior was then trapped by Chris Schofield in the leg spinner's third over and Stewart Walters yorked Goodwin to claim a notable first Twenty20 scalp after the Zimbabwean had top-scored with 38 off 43 balls, including six fours.

But Dwayne Smith, who belted one straight six out of the ground, hit the winning boundary with 19 balls to spare.

Surrey's innings never got any momentum as their batsmen were tied down by a quartet of Sussex spinners.

But it was Robin Martin-Jenkins who broke the back of the Surrey batting with three wickets in his new-ball spell.

After a four-day break to play the Australian tourists, Sussex, three points clear of both Kent and Essex, will now have to sit back and watch what the rest can muster this week.

They then finish their schedule along with the rest in Sunday's qualifying group finale, with a game at Lord's against last year's Twenty20 champions and this year's backmarkers Middlesex.

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