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Twenty20 holders Sussex stay on course with third win

FRIENDS PROVIDENT t20, Tunbridge Wells:
Sussex 166-6 (19.4 ovs) beat Kent 163-5 (20 ovs) by four wickets
Match scorecard


Mike Yardy
Skipper Mike Yardy hit an unbeaten 36 in just 23 balls to setter his side home

Twenty20 holders Sussex stayed on course to retain their title with a narrow four-wicket win over Kent.

After Matt Prior had starred at the top of the order with 47, skipper Mike Yardy saw Sussex home with an unbeaten 36 to win with just two balls to spare.

Darren Stevens was the Kent top scorer at Tunbridge Wells, hitting an unbeaten 52 in 30 balls, including four fours and two sixes, in his side's 163-5.

Chris Nash hit 24 in 11 balls to help his skipper see Sussex to victory.

But it was Yardy who had the privilege of making the winning hit, pulling a slower-ball bouncer from Azhar Mahmood to the ropes at deep backward square to spark a pitch invasion from a near-6,000 crowd at the Royal Spa Town club ground.

After beating Essex in their first Group South game, Kent, who now play Middlesex at Canterbury on Friday night (1730 BST) have now lost their last two.

Sussex visit Gloucestershire the same night (Gloucester, 1730 BST).


Kent coach Paul Farbrace told BBC Radio Kent:
"The feedback from the middle was that 130-140 was a good score on that wicket and once we got the 163 we thought we'd done pretty well.

"But their top five are all international cricketers and they played very well. Their start against the new ball set them up nicely and it gave them a good platform

"I'm not desperately disappointed. I hate losing but I actually thought we played some quite good cricket throughout the game and it's a very fine margin to take the game to within two balls.

"I thought was a great effort so a lot of lessons to learn but hopefully we'll put that right on Friday."



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