Sussex v Gloucestershire, Flt20 Quarter-final, Hove July 24, 2012

Sublime Styris smashes Sussex through

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Sussex 230 for 4 (Styris 100*, Prior 60) beat Gloucestershire 191 for 8 (Housego 47) by 39 runs
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The recruitment of overseas players has been a critical aspect of producing success in county cricket since the beginning of the policy. Sussex recruited a Twenty20 specialist in Scott Styris and his blistering 37-ball hundred sent them to their third finals day.

By contrast Gloucestershire, whose signing of Ian Harvey helped them to dominate one-day cricket at the turn of the century, had ageing Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan bowling four overs in the middle of the innings and being a liability in the field. It was his missed run out of Styris when in single figures that proved tremendously costly.

An almighty mix up produced the chance for Muralitharan to take the throw from short fine-leg two yards from the stumps and remove the bails - as he had done in his previous over to run out Matt Prior. But Muralitharan attempted a throw at the stumps, missed, and the Styris rampage began.

It was exactly the innings one expects from a marquee signing and the type of innings that Styris himself admitted was the overseas player's responsibility to play. He did not shy away from his duty. It was fantastic hitting. Such clean ball-striking. The joint-third highest T20 hundred taking only 37 balls.

Styris kicked into gear in the final six overs - all of which went for double figures. Those overs had followed a period during which Gloucestershire's two spinners, Muralitharan and especially Ed Young, bowled well and forced the batsman to work them around - from the end of the Powerplay until the 14th over only three boundaries were scored.

But once the seamers, who, despite an excellent start with two quick wickets had conceded 67 in the Powerplay, returned, it was back to a boundary fest. A match-changing 115 runs came off the final six overs and Styris was responsible for most of it. Nine sixes he struck, the best of them played with a clean face down the ground.

Most of the run scoring was accountable for in T20 cricket but the 18th over from James Fuller was totally inexplicable. Just when Gloucestershire had a chance to build on the work of their spinners, they were taken out of the game. Fuller has the tools - a solid action and pace - to become a fine bowler but his character will be severely tested after this humiliation.

He began with a beamer that went for six no-balls. Then overstepped bowling a yorker which was edged for four to fine leg. The free hit was a full toss which went over square leg - that brought up Styris' 50 from 24 balls. Another full toss followed: another six, this time down the ground, before a back of a length ball was carved fine of third man for four more.

Mercifully for Fuller a dot ball relieved the carnage but there was more to come. A top-edged pull went to fine leg for four and then, as the Sussex fans pointed their thumbs down for the kill, Styris smashed another six over long on. 38 had come off the over - the most runs in an over in professional cricket.

The final two overs went for 14 and 19 but seemed run-of-the-mill after Fuller's annihilation. It completed Sussex's sixth score above 200 this season. It was also the highest score in the competition this year.

It was hard to reflect on anything but Styris' second T20 hundred, reached in the final over with the help of two more sixes. But there were other demonstrations of the batting talent that has made Sussex so successful this season. Some of it was provided by Matt Prior - again demonstrating his one-day credentials - with his own brutal innings. He made 60 in 38 balls having gone hell for leather to recover Sussex's terrible start.

They were 7 for 2 after two overs but Prior swung at almost every ball, blasting Gloucestershire's young seamers all around the park, playing two deliciously timed sweeps over midwicket, to ensure the momentum was regained and the Powerplay maximised - they made 67 for 2: 60 from four overs. And they had the perfect foil for the hitters: Goodwin, who made a completely overshadowed 55.

Gloucestershire were in a hopeless position trying to chase such a score. They do hold the world-record for the highest T20 domestic total but that was made last year with a Kevin O'Brien hundred. This year they lack a major hitter and as useful as the cameos from Hamish Marshall, Dan Housego and Alex Gidman were for an ordinary innings, it was not the freakish batting that was needed.

Styris also took a wicket and a run out to conclude an evening that had the Sussex management patting their backs on a rather good recruitment decision.

Alex Winter is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • ZIMMYZIMMY on July 27, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    He began with a beamer that went for six no-balls....HOW this happens...? means the ball pitched it so hard that it crossed the boundry ?how ?

  • Dhs2000 on July 26, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer - I remember someone hitting 20 off 1 ball in the BBL.

  • cmnz on July 26, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    @sania The first ball went for 4 byes + 2 for no ball, so 6 in total. You get 2 for a no ball in this T20 comp. Over was 4byes(no ball) 4(no ball) 6 6 4 0 4 6, 38 total, 30 to Styris, 8 extras.

  • udarasl on July 26, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    Is this credible reporting about a quarter final of FL T20. The writer starts his 3 paragraphs by critisizing Muralidharan for being a liability in the field and missing a run-out. It's weird..... and still Muralidharan is the most economical bowler for Gloucestershire for this match...

  • on July 25, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    Hi Sania, In T20 you get two for no-balls, so it was two for the beamer plus the boundary four, hence six no balls. Alex

  • on July 25, 2012, 22:27 GMT

    Well Done Scott Styris. And he achieved this on the same ground where Eddie Paynter made his mammoth 322. What a great day that was and I was there to watch it back in 1938 i think it was.

  • on July 25, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    The beginning of this article is way too harsh on Muralitharan. He had the most economical bowling figures, and if it weren't for bad bowling by the others (Remember a lad named Fuller, anyone?), Gloucestershire might have been able to restrict Sussex to a lower score. Liability in the field, Muralitharan may be, but he is still better than any other spinner still playing the game.

  • on July 25, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    Bit harsh that Gloucs were out of their depth. 1 fantastic over changed the game, & was the difference in the end result.

  • They.Ra.S on July 25, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    In the 38 run over how the first ball will be 6 no ball. it should have to be 6+1 runs or if it is 5+1 then next should be faced by other batsman clarify? Sugu

  • gbqdgj on July 25, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Brilliant to watch but sums up the Sussex approach which has been positive all year. I was amazed when Nick Knight after the game suggested that Sussex had only qualified due to home form. They have destroyed all opposition when they have played (except for Surrey which was a 5 over farce) home and away. As for the guy who thinks Murali is always one of the best fielders...errr no he isn't. Brilliant bowler but cost Glos dearly yesterday with the run out miss as well as at least two other boundaries through misfielding.

  • ZIMMYZIMMY on July 27, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    He began with a beamer that went for six no-balls....HOW this happens...? means the ball pitched it so hard that it crossed the boundry ?how ?

  • Dhs2000 on July 26, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer - I remember someone hitting 20 off 1 ball in the BBL.

  • cmnz on July 26, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    @sania The first ball went for 4 byes + 2 for no ball, so 6 in total. You get 2 for a no ball in this T20 comp. Over was 4byes(no ball) 4(no ball) 6 6 4 0 4 6, 38 total, 30 to Styris, 8 extras.

  • udarasl on July 26, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    Is this credible reporting about a quarter final of FL T20. The writer starts his 3 paragraphs by critisizing Muralidharan for being a liability in the field and missing a run-out. It's weird..... and still Muralidharan is the most economical bowler for Gloucestershire for this match...

  • on July 25, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    Hi Sania, In T20 you get two for no-balls, so it was two for the beamer plus the boundary four, hence six no balls. Alex

  • on July 25, 2012, 22:27 GMT

    Well Done Scott Styris. And he achieved this on the same ground where Eddie Paynter made his mammoth 322. What a great day that was and I was there to watch it back in 1938 i think it was.

  • on July 25, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    The beginning of this article is way too harsh on Muralitharan. He had the most economical bowling figures, and if it weren't for bad bowling by the others (Remember a lad named Fuller, anyone?), Gloucestershire might have been able to restrict Sussex to a lower score. Liability in the field, Muralitharan may be, but he is still better than any other spinner still playing the game.

  • on July 25, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    Bit harsh that Gloucs were out of their depth. 1 fantastic over changed the game, & was the difference in the end result.

  • They.Ra.S on July 25, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    In the 38 run over how the first ball will be 6 no ball. it should have to be 6+1 runs or if it is 5+1 then next should be faced by other batsman clarify? Sugu

  • gbqdgj on July 25, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Brilliant to watch but sums up the Sussex approach which has been positive all year. I was amazed when Nick Knight after the game suggested that Sussex had only qualified due to home form. They have destroyed all opposition when they have played (except for Surrey which was a 5 over farce) home and away. As for the guy who thinks Murali is always one of the best fielders...errr no he isn't. Brilliant bowler but cost Glos dearly yesterday with the run out miss as well as at least two other boundaries through misfielding.

  • CricketingStargazer on July 25, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    stez, no. Gloucestershire turned in some very good perormances in the second half of the T20 and are doing it in the CB40 too. Completely misguided comment. Did you follow the tournament?

  • stez on July 25, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    Gloucs clearly out of their depth. They were lucky to make the QFs anyway, had so many games not been lost to rain then Warwickshire and/ or Glamorgan would almost certainly have finished ahead of them in the group.

  • njr1330 on July 25, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    In the list of fastest hundreds, I don't think anything can compare with the Van der Westhuizen innings for Namibia ... 145 off 50 balls ... from a bowler who bats a bit!!

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 25, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    Get Styrist to Si Lanka for T20 WC

  • BraggFan on July 25, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    Styris has been great for Sussex this year. A couple of years back when Brendan McCullum had a spell with us, it seemed to have a particularly positive effect on Matt Prior. One that helped him go on to cement his test place. Hopefully having someone like Styris around will again help some players to rasie their game to a higher level.

  • Sussexx on July 25, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    Well done Sussex Sharks ! Go Sussex Sharks Go ! Come on Yards We can do it ! We will deffenitely win this Friends Life Twenty 20 Championship this Year........ We have a solid, Better and the most Dangerous Team and that too not only in Twenty 20 But in all forms of the game, Yards. Play Monty and Ben Brown, Yards......... once again thank You very much Cricinfo for publishing these comments and I want Yardy to read all these messages ............... Go Sussex Sharks ! Hey Nash ! We need You to click from now on as You are not scoring for the last few games :).

  • Hattrick_Capes on July 25, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    Three overs left, 42 not out. Two balls left, 100 not out. Well played good sir.

  • CricketingStargazer on July 25, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    Brutal. Gloucestershire could have chased 200, but that Fuller over put the match out of reach. One record that isn't picked up in text, at least explictly, is the fact that Fuller's first legal ball in the over went for 18 (18.1: 6nb, 6nb, 6): that must be the most expensive delivery ever in cricket. It was a spirited chase but when you take 12 over the over and the asking rate still increases (as it was doing between the 10th and 15th overs) you know that it isn't your day. Amazing stuff from Scott Styris. Pretty amazing from Sussex to recover from a start of 3-2. Still, Gloucestershire can take a lot of heart from their unexpected run in the tournament and just regret that they came up against the one side in the Quarter Finals who would have beaten anyone.

  • on July 25, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    the writer really had the guts to say that Murali is a liability in the field...check his records , he is alz 1 f d best fielders f d side....d writer could have done a good job wout maligning d ever smiling Murali n 2 thnk dat he was d most economical bowler from both d sides who completed deir quota...tremedous hitting Styris

  • Munkeymomo on July 25, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    Ha! It was an all out assault. Very enjoyable to watch, Scotty was just amazing. Sussex look a very dangerous side in this years competition, Wright, Nash, Prior, Goodwin, Styris all capable of inflicting huge scores. Mind you, the same can be said about a few sides.

    @Michael Wagener: Yeah the conditions are similar, Guptil scored a ton of runs for Derbyshire this year. NZ players do very well in CC.

  • JG2704 on July 25, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    Amazing , most thought when Matty went that the runrate would decline. No such thing. Amazing inns and Sussex have been far and away the best T20 team this year.

  • nzcricket174 on July 25, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    Good to see Scotty still going good. Sad he retired, as he was our most reliable batsmen in ODIs.

  • on July 25, 2012, 2:38 GMT

    NZ players seem to be some of the best equipped to play in English conditions. Almost all of them average better with both the bat and ball in England than they do in New Zealand. Perhaps it is because the competition is more diluted with so many county teams as opposed to 6 domestic teams in NZ, or just the similarity of the conditions between the two countries. Either way, New Zealand players often seem to be a very good buy for English counties.

  • alaithiran on July 25, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    You say '38 had come off the over - the most runs in an over in professional cricket', making it sound as if it had never happened before. According to this list: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/146057.html the most runs scored off an over in first class cricket is 36, but the fifth entry of 34 (biffed by Andrew Flintoff) has a note to the effect that this doesn't include the two no balls. With these added, Alex Tudor's over went for 38. So James Fuller needn't be too despairing - it has happened before. He had the misfortune to bowl no-balls when Scott Styris was in the mood for mayhem, Alex Tudor when it was Flintoff. But Tudor was a fine bowler in his day, and I'm sure Fuller will be too.

  • Sussexx on July 25, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    Wow Wow Wow ! Many many Congratulations to Sussex Sharks and a special felicitation to My Favorite Skipper Michael Howard Yardy for a tremendous Victory over Gloucestershire. I salute to Yardy's Captaincy and all Team Members for such a Glorious performance in all formats. But ! It's not done yet, Yards, You have to have couple changes in the next game which is scheduled to be on Aug 25, We deffenitely need Ben Brown for Rippon and Monty Panesar in for Will Beer, that will be great and I will be utterly grateful to You if You will do so, Yards. I listen to the BBC Radio while working over here, Yards. :) Once again it was a thoroughly Superb performance from Our Team Sussex Sharks and a great Innings from Scotty. And Michael ( Yardy ) please win this Friends Life T20 Championship under Your Captaincy as I am a great fan of Yours, Yards.... We always talk about You, Yards. You are certainly ONE-OF-A-KIND, YARDS. IWish You great Luck for the rest of Your Career as well, Yards.Go Sussex!!

  • on July 24, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    Styris!!! - too late to join the squad for Sri Lanka?

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  • on July 24, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    Styris!!! - too late to join the squad for Sri Lanka?

  • Sussexx on July 25, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    Wow Wow Wow ! Many many Congratulations to Sussex Sharks and a special felicitation to My Favorite Skipper Michael Howard Yardy for a tremendous Victory over Gloucestershire. I salute to Yardy's Captaincy and all Team Members for such a Glorious performance in all formats. But ! It's not done yet, Yards, You have to have couple changes in the next game which is scheduled to be on Aug 25, We deffenitely need Ben Brown for Rippon and Monty Panesar in for Will Beer, that will be great and I will be utterly grateful to You if You will do so, Yards. I listen to the BBC Radio while working over here, Yards. :) Once again it was a thoroughly Superb performance from Our Team Sussex Sharks and a great Innings from Scotty. And Michael ( Yardy ) please win this Friends Life T20 Championship under Your Captaincy as I am a great fan of Yours, Yards.... We always talk about You, Yards. You are certainly ONE-OF-A-KIND, YARDS. IWish You great Luck for the rest of Your Career as well, Yards.Go Sussex!!

  • alaithiran on July 25, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    You say '38 had come off the over - the most runs in an over in professional cricket', making it sound as if it had never happened before. According to this list: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/146057.html the most runs scored off an over in first class cricket is 36, but the fifth entry of 34 (biffed by Andrew Flintoff) has a note to the effect that this doesn't include the two no balls. With these added, Alex Tudor's over went for 38. So James Fuller needn't be too despairing - it has happened before. He had the misfortune to bowl no-balls when Scott Styris was in the mood for mayhem, Alex Tudor when it was Flintoff. But Tudor was a fine bowler in his day, and I'm sure Fuller will be too.

  • on July 25, 2012, 2:38 GMT

    NZ players seem to be some of the best equipped to play in English conditions. Almost all of them average better with both the bat and ball in England than they do in New Zealand. Perhaps it is because the competition is more diluted with so many county teams as opposed to 6 domestic teams in NZ, or just the similarity of the conditions between the two countries. Either way, New Zealand players often seem to be a very good buy for English counties.

  • nzcricket174 on July 25, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    Good to see Scotty still going good. Sad he retired, as he was our most reliable batsmen in ODIs.

  • JG2704 on July 25, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    Amazing , most thought when Matty went that the runrate would decline. No such thing. Amazing inns and Sussex have been far and away the best T20 team this year.

  • Munkeymomo on July 25, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    Ha! It was an all out assault. Very enjoyable to watch, Scotty was just amazing. Sussex look a very dangerous side in this years competition, Wright, Nash, Prior, Goodwin, Styris all capable of inflicting huge scores. Mind you, the same can be said about a few sides.

    @Michael Wagener: Yeah the conditions are similar, Guptil scored a ton of runs for Derbyshire this year. NZ players do very well in CC.

  • on July 25, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    the writer really had the guts to say that Murali is a liability in the field...check his records , he is alz 1 f d best fielders f d side....d writer could have done a good job wout maligning d ever smiling Murali n 2 thnk dat he was d most economical bowler from both d sides who completed deir quota...tremedous hitting Styris

  • CricketingStargazer on July 25, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    Brutal. Gloucestershire could have chased 200, but that Fuller over put the match out of reach. One record that isn't picked up in text, at least explictly, is the fact that Fuller's first legal ball in the over went for 18 (18.1: 6nb, 6nb, 6): that must be the most expensive delivery ever in cricket. It was a spirited chase but when you take 12 over the over and the asking rate still increases (as it was doing between the 10th and 15th overs) you know that it isn't your day. Amazing stuff from Scott Styris. Pretty amazing from Sussex to recover from a start of 3-2. Still, Gloucestershire can take a lot of heart from their unexpected run in the tournament and just regret that they came up against the one side in the Quarter Finals who would have beaten anyone.

  • Hattrick_Capes on July 25, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    Three overs left, 42 not out. Two balls left, 100 not out. Well played good sir.