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Ramprakash ton sets up Surrey win

FRIENDS PROVIDENT TROPHY, GROUP C, The Oval
Surrey 241-7 beat Sussex 162 by 79 runs (D/L) (Surrey 2pts)


Mark Ramprakash
Mark Ramprakash raised his bat for a third FP Trophy ton this summer

Mark Ramprakash hit his third Friends Provident Trophy century of the summer as Surrey pulled off a shock 79-run win over quarter-finalists Sussex.

Surrey had only won two of their previous games in Group C but 102 from Ramprakash helped them pile up 241-7 in a rain-reduced 39-over contest.

And another former England man Chris Schofield then took 5-32 as Sussex were bowled out for just 162.

Sussex booked their quarter-final place with Monday's 60-run over Yorkshire.

But defeat for Sussex in this their final qualifying game means that Gloucestershire will now win the group to earn a guaranteed home date in Saturday's quarter-finals.

Ramprakash's 17th one-day century came amidst the two brief but heavy showers which restricted the game to 39 overs a side.

FP TROPHY QUARTER FINALISTS
Group A: Nottinghamshire, Worcestershire or Hampshire
Group B: Somerset (winners), Middlesex or Warwickshire
Group C: Gloucestershire (winners), Sussex
Group D: Lancashire (winners), Essex or Derbyshire

The ageless run machine, now in his 40th year, featured in stands of 75 with Michael Brown (33) and 89 with Usman Afzaal (28).

But the former Middlesex and England man remained the brightest star on show, racing to his century from only 92 balls with five fours and as many sixes. And the end only came when he was run out on 102.

Even a twinkle-toed operator like him could do nothing about Matt Spriegel's suicidal call for a single.

Sussex, already assured of their place in the last eight, had opted to rest captain Michael Yardy, Robin Martin-Jenkins, Luke Wright and James Kirtley for what was a meaningless contest.

And their makeshift side duly went down without a whimper to lose with nine overs remaining.



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