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Seamer Chris Liddle helped Sussex into a strong position with three wickets as Fly Emirates were restricted to a total of 85

Fly Emirates XI shocked Sussex in a low-scoring final of the Emirates T20 at 7he Sevens Stadium in Dubai.

Without Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi, the part-timers set Sussex a seemingly straight-forward target of 86 after Chris Liddle took 3-15.

But, requiring just 4.25 an over to lift the inaugural trophy, Sussex floundered to 71 all out with James Kirtley the side’s unlikely top-scorer with an unbeaten 17.

Arshad Ali - a visa services officer for the national airline - was the star of the show for Fly Emirates as he took 3-7.

Earlier Afridi had lead Fly Emirates to victory over Emerging Cape Cobras to qualify for the final.

Afridi hit an unbeaten 23 as his side posted 138 for five with Mohammad Iqbal top-scoring with 42.

Afridi followed up his batting display with four tight and testing overs, recording figures of 1-23, as the Cobras were restricted to 127 for four.

Derek Brand scored 69 for the chasing side but it was not enough to prevent the nine-run defeat.

Surrey’s chances of reaching the final went up in smoke in the morning as they lost to Sussex by 34 runs.

Spinners Ollie Rayner and Will Beer each claimed four wickets to restrict Surrey to a dismal 67, chasing 102 for victory.

Rory Hamilton-Brown, playing against the side he left in December, top-scored for Surrey with 27. Rayner’s wickets cost seven and Beer’s 17.

Joe Gatting had earlier plundered 33 for Sussex while Matthew Spriegel took 4-12.

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