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Last Updated: Monday, 6 August 2007, 21:23 GMT 22:23 UK
Wright marks call-up with hundred
Pro40 Division One, Hove: Sussex 267-8 beat Gloucestershire 266-7 by two wickets

Luke Wright
Luke Wright's blistering innings occupied just 73 deliveries

Luke Wright celebrated his call-up to England's ICC World Twenty20 squad with a quickfire 125 as Sussex defeated Gloucestershire in Pro40 Division One.

The young opener showed the blistering form that earned him his international chance, his runs coming from 73 balls.

Another pick for the tournament in South Africa, James Kirtley, showed his credentials with a fine display of "death" bowling, as he took 4-41.

Jon Lewis, controversially overlooked, took 4-45 for Gloucestershire.

After winning the toss, Hamish Marshall's 122 and 76 from Kadeer Ali put the visitors in a good position in the Hove day-nighter.

But Sussex reached a formidable target of 267 with nine balls to spare.

Wright smashed 19 fours and four sixes in his total for his second century of the season in one-day cricket.

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He had also hit a century on the way to being the country's top run scorer in the Twenty20 Cup.

Former Leicestershire all-rounder Wright, aged 22, put on 73 in 10 overs for the fourth wicket with Michael Yardy.

Sussex still needed 86 at a run a ball when Wright holed out to Chris Taylor off spinner Ian Fisher.

But following vaulable cameos from the lower middle order, ninth-wicket pair Andrew Hodd and Saqlain Mushtaq saw the home side to victory.

Saqlain sealed the win for the Sharks by on-driving Carl Greenidge for the winning boundary in the penultimate over.



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