Sussex v Somerset, Clydesdale Bank 40, Horsham

Sussex prevail in rain-reduced contest

August 22, 2010

Comments: 1 | Text size: A | A

Sussex 177 for 4 beat Somerset 216 for 7 by 17 runs (D/L method)

Holders Sussex Sharks kept their hopes of a third successive 40-over title alive thanks to a brilliant innings from skipper Mike Yardy which handed Somerset their first defeat of this seasons Clydesdale Bank 40 competition. The Group A leaders looked to be in an impregnable position when they made 216 for 7 from 20 overs in a rain-reduced Horsham contest which did not start until 4.45pm.

When legspinner Murali Kartik took two wickets in his first over, Sussex were 74 for 3 after seven overs and behind on Duckworth-Lewis calculations, Luke Wright having earlier holed out off seamer Mark Turner. Chris Nash was bowled by Peter Trego in the next over and it looked all over for the hosts - but Yardy had other ideas.

In steady drizzle and worsening light he took the attack back to Somerset with eight fours and three sixes in his 66 from just 30 balls. None of the visitors' attack were spared and Yardy found the ideal foil in Joe Gatting, whose 25 off 18 deliveries contained three boundaries and an upper-cut six off Alfonso Thomas.

Together they hammered 91 in just seven overs and when umpires Neil Mallender and Jeremy Lloyds decided conditions were too bad at the end of the 15th over Sussex had won by 17 runs under Duckworth-Lewis. Somerset still lead the group but Sussex might sneak into the semi-finals as the best-runner-up providing they can win their last two games.

Such a scenario looked unlikely earlier after Somerset had raced to 145 for 1 from 12 overs after Yardy had put them in. Openers Marcus Trescothick and Craig Kieswetter put on 102 for the first wicket with Kieswetter making the most of a reprieve on one when he was dropped by Murray Goodwin at mid-off.

Kieswetter made 45 from 26 balls with four sixes and three fours and the attacking tempo was maintained by Trego who was out the ball after reaching 50 from 22 deliveries with six fours and three sixes. Trescothick set himself to bat through the innings but when he was third out in the 15th over for 67, made off 36 balls with nine fours and three sixes, Somerset lost their way and a further four wickets fell in the remaining overs.

Luke Wright picked up three wickets for 41 runs and Monty Panesar two for 33 but Sussex also dropped two more catches. Ed Joyce got the reply off to a good start with an expansive 35 off 18 balls including six fours and although Kartik looked to have made the decisive intervention for Somerset, England man Yardy and Gatting had other ideas.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2010, 20:46 GMT)

I have always been a fan of Duckworth Lewis so I'm not going to use that as an excuse but the conditions we were forced to bowl in were ridiculous. Still top of the group with a game in hand though

Comments have now been closed for this article

Email Feedback Print
County Results
Somerset v Warwickshire at Lord's - Sep 18, 2010
Warwickshire won by 3 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)
Durham v Somerset at Chester-le-Street - Sep 13-16, 2010
Match drawn
Glamorgan v Derbyshire at Cardiff - Sep 13-16, 2010
Match drawn
Gloucs v Surrey at Bristol - Sep 13-16, 2010
Surrey won by 10 runs
Hampshire v Warwickshire at Southampton - Sep 13-16, 2010
Warwickshire won by 10 wickets
Lancashire v Notts at Manchester - Sep 13-16, 2010
Match drawn
Northants v Leics at Northampton - Sep 13-16, 2010
Leics won by 10 wickets
Worcs v Sussex at Worcester - Sep 13-16, 2010
Worcs won by 4 wickets
Yorkshire v Kent at Leeds - Sep 13-16, 2010
Kent won by 4 wickets
All recent results »
News | Features Last 3 days
News | Features Last 3 days