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August 30, 2005
A fifty by Jonathan Beukes was the only crumb of comfort Scotland could take from their match against Sussex, who totally outplayed them at Hove. Put in to bat by Sussex, Scotland got off to a poor start losing Fraser Watts for a duck with just two on the board. His wicket was one of five for the Pakistani Naved-ul-Hasan, who has enjoyed an excellent season with Sussex. Beukes arrived at the crease with the score on 32 for 3, and wickets continued to tumbled all around him; in fact, six of Scotland's wickets were bowled. Sussex lost three wickets in pursuit of 133, losing two to medium-pacer Sean Weeraratna, but reached their target with more than 21 overs left to spare. Matt Prior top-scored with 69 from 50 balls, including 13 fours and a six, to see Sussex home by seven wickets.
Kent brushed aside Yorkshire with a convincing performance at Canterbury. Yorkshire's innings never got going, and they were thankful for an innings of 34 from Simon Guy. The South African, Andrew Hall, was particularly economical, picking up two wickets and conceding just 19 runs in 7 completed overs. Kent's target of 165 was never likely to trouble their batsmen, and they eased home by six wickets thanks to a fifty from Darren Stevens, and a pair of forties from Andrew Hall and Justin Kemp.
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