T20 BLAST: Sussex v Surrey

Luke Wright was in the Sussex side facing Surrey in their T20 Blast opener  Picture by LMI Photography
Luke Wright was in the Sussex side facing Surrey in their T20 Blast opener Picture by LMI Photography

It’s blast-off time for this year’s T20 competition - - and a fantastic finish for Sussex ensured the competition lived up to its name..

The T20 Blast is a new-look format for the shortest version of cricket which will see the 18 counties vie for honours between now and August.

Sussex have done well in the T20 in the past - winning it in 2009 - and will be out to reach the knockout stages by coming through the strong-looking south group.

They began their group campaign at home to Surrey on Friday evening.

Surrey batted first and scored a healthy 171 for seven despite three for 32 from the pick of the Sussex bowlers, Ashar Zaidi.

Luke Wright staked a claim for an England T20 start with 56 in the home side’s reply but it looked like they would fall just short when they needed 15 off four balls. But a six and two fours - including a four off the last ball from three of those got Sussex home.

Six penalty runs awarded against Surrey for a slow over rate just before the end helped the Sharks on their way to the unlikely victory.

Sussex have a quick chance to build on the win - they play their second game against Middlesex at Lord’s on Saturday.

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