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Luke Wright

Luke Wright impressed with the bat for Sussex as they maintained their 100% record courtesy of a 17-run triumph over Essex at Chelmsford

Sussex maintained their 100% record as they collected their third Friends Life t20 victory of the campaign by beating Essex by 17 runs at Chelmsford.

After posting a total of 168 for six, the visitors restricted their opponents to 151 for seven despite some indifferent fielding.

Luke Wright underpinned Sussex's innings, batting throughout for an unbeaten 81 from 51 deliveries and helping himself to three sixes and seven fours.

His major support came from Chris Nash, who scored 44 from 36 balls during an opening partnership of 106 in 12 overs.

But once they were separated by left-arm spinner Tim Phillips, Sussex lost their way.

Phillips was to claim the next three wickets, including that of Murray Goodwin who was bowled without scoring while attempting to sweep, while Scott Styris picked up two more soon afterwards.

That meant Sussex had lost six wickets in as many overs for just 36 runs before Wright, who saw very little of the strike in the last few overs, and Wayne Parnell carried them to their final total.

Phillips picked up his four wickets at a cost of 27 and Styris returned figures of 2-28 - but they were soon watching their colleagues struggle in reply.

Mark Pettini, Ravi Bopara and Graham Napier were all back in the pavilion by the time Essex reached 36, the latter dropped twice before falling victim to Chris Liddle for seven.

Owais Shah and Ryan ten Doeschate did their best to try and retrieve the situation by adding 51 in six overs, but once they were parted Essex never looked like mounting a serious challenge, despite a brief flurry from Styris, who struck two sixes in making 20.

Liddle collected 3-25 from four overs while Rana Naved-ul-Hasan also bowled superbly to return 2-23 as Essex slumped to their second defeat in three outings.

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