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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 May, 2005, 16:42 GMT 17:42 UK
Sussex earn trip to Old Trafford
C&G Trophy, Hove: Sussex 197-6 (47 overs) beat Nottinghamshire 195-9 (50 overs) by four wickets

Johannes van der Wath
Johannes van der Wath did his bit with ball and bat for Sussex

Sussex held their nerve to beat Notts by four wickets at Hove and claim a place in the C&G Trophy quarter-finals.

They reached 197-6 with three overs to spare after restricting the visitors to 195-9 despite Samit Patel's 61 not out.

Sussex struggled at the start of their reply as Ryan Sidebottom (2-26) and Mark Ealham (2-24) kept them in check.

They struggled to 71-4 but Murray Goodwin (59) and Carl Hopkinson (51) shared a crucial stand of 103 to turn the game their way.

South African Johannes van der Wath, who took 2-39 during the Notts innings, finished things off with a six and a four in his unbeaten 14.

Sussex skipper Chris Adams began the day by winning the toss and putting Notts in, which quickly proved to be a shrewd move.

Darren Bicknell was lbw to van der Wath for three and Graeme Swann only managed a single before he was caught at point off James Kirtley.

Jason Gallian was next to go for four, the first of three run out victims during the Notts innings.

Stephen Fleming was dropped twice at slip by Michael Yardy and he hoisted van der Wath over square leg for six and he progressed to 50 in a partnership of 67 with David Hussey.

But no sooner had the applause died down than the New Zealander was run as the Notts innings slumped for the second time to leave them on 110-7.

Patel answered the situation with some clean hitting, which brought him four sixes and three fours.

He received welcome support from Gareth Clough (22), but their total did not look enough as Ian Ward and Matt Prior walked out to begin the Sussex reply.

The home side's confidence suffered a double blow, however, as Sidebottom bowled Ward and Yardy, who did not muster a run between them in innings of the blink-and-you-missed-them variety.

Prior (28) and Adams (21) steadied the Sussex ship and after Ealham had removed them both in the middle of an excellent spell, it was Goodwin and Hopkinson who took on the responsibility for their side.

Their partnership seemed likely to last until the finish but Notts had other ideas as Patel bowled Hopkinson and Swann had Goodwin caught by Clough.

Sussex still needed 18 when van der Wath and Robin Martin-Jenkins came together, but they quickly dispelled any last-minute nerves to put Sussex into the last eight for the first time since 2002.


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