Sussex v Emerging Cape Cobras, Dubai

Anyon and Rayner star in thumping win

Mark Pennell in Dubai

March 19, 2010

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Sussex 102 for 8 (Gatting 37, Ramela 3 for 8, Vallie 3 for 21) beat Emerging Cape Cobras 49 all out (Anyon 5 for 11, Rayner 3 for 6) by 53 runs

Golden-armed spells by winter recruit James Anyon and offspinner Ollie Rayner helped Sussex maintain their 100 percent record with a 53-run victory over the Emerging Cape Cobras in Dubai.

The South African franchise youngsters, fresh from defeating Surrey in their opening game, capitulated for only 49 in the space of 14 overs in a hapless pursuit of Sussex's modest 20-over total of 102 for 8.

Anyon, who joined Sussex from Warwickshire in the close season, bagged 5 for 11 including a spell of four for one in eight balls, leaving Rayner to polish off the job by running through the tail with figures of 3 for 6 in three overs. Only two Cobras batsmen, Uwe-Karl Birkenstock and Chris Cooke, reached double figures as Sussex wrapped up their second win of the day with 36 balls to spare.

The county's batsmen had found batting on a crumbling pitch just as tough against a Cobras attack buoyed by their 46-run success against Surrey. Their spinners proved particularly tough to get away and Omphile Ramela and Mohammad Vallie justified their excellent figures as Sussex hit only one four in their entire allocation of overs to go with four sixes.

Joe Gatting glued their innings together as best he could with 37 from 36 balls, but only Luke Wells (14) and Ben Brown (10) stuck around long enough to join him in double figures.

The tournament concludes on Saturday when Sussex look set to contest the final on hopefully a firmer surface here at 7he Sevens Stadium.

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