Super Sussex stay unbeaten
Michael Rippon took career-best figures of 4-23 on his debut as Sussex romped to an 83-run victory over Kent in the Friends Life t20 South Group at the PROBIZ County Ground.
Murray Goodwin blasted an unbeaten 68 while Chris Nash made 54 as Sussex posted their second highest Twenty20 score of 212 for six.
That was always going to make life tough for Kent and they fell well short as left-arm wrist spinner Rippon helped bowl them out for 129.
The victory maintained Sussex's unbeaten record and reinforced their position at the top of the group but dented Kent's hopes of making the knockout stages.
Sussex lost Luke Wright cheaply but still managed to get off to a flying start thanks to some big hitting from Nash and Matt Prior.
Wright had made just six when he was bowled by Adam Ball attempting an ugly swipe across the line.
Nash and Prior put on 61 off just 27 balls, however, and the latter took a particular liking to Mark Davies with two sixes and two fours off one over.
Prior fell short of a half-century when he was caught on the long-off boundary by Sam Northeast off Brendan Nash, but his 46 had come off just 20 deliveries.
Nash brought up his second fifty of the season with a four off Simon Cook before being caught at the wicket off the same bowler.
Sussex briefly lost their momentum but, after making a slow start, Goodwin suddenly exploded with sixes off Cook and Nash to bring up his 50 off just 23 balls.
Cook then dismissed Ben Brown and Mike Yardy with successive deliveries in the final over to finish with figures of 3-41.
Amjad Khan blew a hole in Kent's hopes of chasing down such a daunting target by dismissing Northeast and Rob Key in the powerplay.
Northeast was trapped lbw for 17 while Wright pulled off a stunning one-handed catch at short extra-cover to remove Key for just two.
Darren Stevens hit 26 but was unable to play the big innings required as he skied a delivery from Chris Liddle to Wright at mid-off.
Rippon then showed why Sussex had snapped him up on an 18-month deal on the day of the game by removing Matt Coles, Geraint Jones, Nash and Ball.