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Hants take derby bragging rights

Hampshire claimed their first victory of this season's NatWest T20 Blast with an 18-run win over local rivals Sussex Sharks at the County Ground.

James Vince top-scored for the visitors with 52 but there were also useful contributions from Adam Wheater and Sean Ervine as Hampshire stormed to 177 for five.

Ed Joyce's 56 gave Sussex some hope in reply, but Will Smith and Chris Wood ripped out two wickets apiece to hand the Sharks their first defeat of the campaign.

Sussex Sharks captain Ed Joyce kept his team in contention with a half-century but Hampshire's total proved too great to overhaul

Hampshire won the toss and got off to a fast start with the bat but Jimmy Adams fell in the fourth over.

Adams had been moved up the order with Michael Carberry on England duty, but went for 19 as he top-edged Chris Liddle to Rory Hamilton-Brown, with the ball hanging for an eternity under the lights.

Vince was making all the running and it was not too long before he brought up his fifty with a sensational six off Michael Yardy.

The Sharks then managed to stem the rate a little and Vince fell for 52 off 30 balls as he pulled Steffan Piolet to Matt Machan, who took a smart catch in the deep.

That brought debutant Owais Shah to the crease, but Wheater was the man keeping the score ticking over before he slapped Yardy down Joyce’s throat at extra-cover for 34.

Shah survived a stumping appeal shortly after as he tried to open up his shoulders, but Ervine had no such trouble when he launched a huge six that left Sussex needing a new ball.

Yasir Arafat showed his expertise at the death by removing Ervine for 38 and Matt Coles without scoring in the 19th over. Shah finished on 17 not out from 22 balls.

Owais Shah made a useful contribution of 17 not out on debut before Hampshire's bowlers wrapped up the win

The Sussex reply got off to a poor start when Machan picked out debutant Brad Taylor at mid-on off the returning Chris Wood

Luke Wright was next to go as he skied Kyle Abbott to Adam for 23, but Joyce and Hamilton-Brown had the Sharks hungry for victory with a 58-run stand for the third wicket.

Smith ended their alliance when he bowled Hamilton-Brown for 34 and he then removed Ben Brown for 19 in the 16th over.

Joyce brought up his half-century with a four two overs later and Sussex needed 29 runs from the last two.

But their skipper was bowled by Wood and it was a decisive moment as Hampshire kept their cool.

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