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Ollie Robinson four-for sets up comfortable win for leaders Sussex

Ollie Robinson in his delivery stride Getty Images

Sussex 130 for 6 (Carey 32, Sowter 3-20) beat Middlesex 127 for 6 (Eskinazi 57*, Robinson 4-15) by four wickets

Sussex Sharks strengthened their grip on the South Group in the Vitality Blast after easing to a four-wicket wicket win over Middlesex. A sold-out 6000 crowd at Hove saw third-placed Middlesex recover from 40 for 5 to 127 for 6 with Ollie Robinson taking 4 for 13. Despite losing two wickets in the power-play Sussex sealed their victory with 22 balls to spare.

It was their sixth win in eight games with one match washed out and the other tied and means they have opened up a two-point lead at the top of the South Group.

Australian Alex Carey, who was dropped at third man by Tom Helm off Steven Finn on 20, top-scored with 32 while skipper Luke Wright and David Wiese both made 26 with Wiese smashing two leg-side sixes, one of which cleared the main scoreboard, off Finn. Delray Rawlins cleared the ropes off Helm to win the game.

Middlesex were without Eoin Morgan, who has a sore back, and AB de Villiers, who has returned to South Africa after his spell at the club and they never really recovered after a terrible Powerplay which ended with them reeling on 28 for 4.

Rawlins held a well-judged catch on the midwicket boundary to remove Paul Stirling in Chris Jordan's first over before Robinson, benefitting from some seam movement on a sticky pitch, picked up three wickets including two in his third over on his way to career-best figures of 4 for 15. Dan Lincoln played on for a duck, Dawid Malan inside-edged to wicketkeeper Carey and John Simpson was caught at short fine-leg after gloving Robinson's short ball.

Steve Eskinazi and George Scott took the score to 40 when Scott was leg before playing across the line in the ninth over to give Danny Briggs, who conceded just 16 runs in his four overs, a deserved wicket.

Middlesex were in danger of being bowled out but Eskinazi and Toby Roland-Jones, who was dropped on 7 and 9, consolidated before pushing the accelerator in the final five overs as they added 76 off 57 balls with Eskinazi lodging his fifth T20 half-century.

Roland-Jones supported him well with 40 off 34 balls including two fours and two sixes before Robinson yorked him in the penultimate over to claim his fourth wicket. Eskinazi finished on 57 not out from 48 balls with six boundaries.

The visitors needed early wickets and soon had Sussex 15 for 2. Phil Salt was superbly caught on the run by Nathan Sowter at deep midwicket and Laurie Evans edged Mujeeb Ur Rahman to slip. Wright looked in good order until he mis-timed a drive and was taken at mid-off but Middlesex simply didn't have enough runs to defend.

Sussex 2nd innings Partnerships

1st5LJ WrightPD Salt
2nd10LJ WrightLJ Evans
3rd36LJ WrightAT Carey
4th42D WieseAT Carey
5th15AT CareyDMW Rawlins
6th16DMW RawlinsRashid Khan
7th6CJ JordanDMW Rawlins