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Sussex Clinch Easy Victory at Guildford

By Jon Artman
July 24 2005

Mushtaq Ahmed produced wonderful figures of 4 for 35 to help Sussex towards a commanding victory over Surrey. The match was shortened to a Twenty20 style game because of persistant rain. Sussex posted a hugely impressive total and Surrey never managed to get on top of the chase. In the last day of the Guildford festival, Sussex eased to a 50-run victory over the Surrey Lions after the match was shortened to a 22-overs a side match. The Lions won the toss and consequently elected to field, a decision which proved to be terrible as Sussex took full advantage. They posted a very impressive total of 219 from their allocation. The openers Ward and Prior clubbed a 50 partnership in no time, with Prior in particular hitting a wonderful 37 off just 18 balls. His innings included seven fours and a six. Bicknell then dismissed Ward, but the innings was off to a flyer. Benning bowled and produced promising figures of 1 for 22 off 3 overs. He dismissed Chris Adams. But Goodwin and Yardy provided the backbone of the innings with another 50 partnership. Goodwin was dismissed by Dernback for 44 which was clubbed from just 34 balls. Hopkinson failed to replicate the pair, scoring just 6 runs. The next man in, Luke Wright slogged an amazing 35 off 14 balls, a hugely entertaining knock which consited of 3 fours and 3 sixes, before he was clean bowled attemting to clear the rope again by Dernbach. But the damage was already done and the wickets which were taken at the end of the innings were meaningless. Naved-Ul-Hasan was run out first ball, and then Yardy who has stuck around was trapped lbw after a steadier innings of 28 from 24 balls. Neil Saker bowled Ahmed and Kirtley finished the innings not out on 8 runs which he managed to scrounge off 4 balls. Openers Benning and Brown perished early in the run chase, Luke Wright picking up the crucial wicket of Ali Brown, who had signalled some early danger with a six off his first ball. Youngster Walters coming in at number smacked 30 off less than 3 overs to give Surrey hope, together with Ramprakash who at the end top scored with 63 off 42 balls. Walters was finally dismissed by Kirtley as the Lions lost pace with captain Jon Batty dissapointingly scoring just 2, especially as he is in superb form. Hamilton Brown also looked good but was simply not fast enough and was caught after a weak shot. Ahmed then bagged another wicket, Salisbury going for a golden duck. Surrey, six wickets down, were facing a massive ask. But when the Lions' last hope, Ramprakash departed, the game was all but finished. Murtagh kept on going, although the result was inevitable. Murtagh top-edged and was caught by sub keeper Ambrose to complete the victory for the Sharks.

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