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Murray Goodwin

Murray Goodwin's century underpinned an 11-run win that sent Sussex through to the FLt20 quarter-finals at Surrey's expense

Murray Goodwin made the second Twenty20 hundred of his Sussex career to help his side reach the Friends Life t20 quarter-finals for the third successive year - at Surrey’s expense.

Goodwin scored an unbeaten 100 off 59 balls as the Sharks, after scoring 178 for eight, beat Surrey by 11 runs in front of a 6,500 sell-out crowd at the PROBIZ County Ground to secure a last-eight home tie against Lancashire.

The 38-year-old struggled physically and needed his inhaler at one stage after suffering from breathlessness.

He barely had the strength to raise his bat to the crowd when he reached his hundred off the third ball of the last over, but his strokeplay and placement were outstanding.

Goodwin had to lead a rebuilding job after Sussex lost Luke Wright and Lou Vincent in the second over of this decisive clash.

Sussex were a modest 20 for two after four overs, but Goodwin cut loose by taking 17 off the fifth from Stuart Meaker.

He added 76 from 49 balls for the third wicket with Matt Prior and, even when the England Test wicketkeeper holed out in the 10th over for 26, Sussex were able to maintain momentum as Chris Nash and Goodwin put on a further 42 from 26 balls.

Sussex lost some impetus towards the end of their innings when four wickets fell in the space of seven balls, but their total always looked competitive on a sluggish, two-paced pitch.

Not surprisingly, Goodwin did not field during the Surrey innings and the visitors looked to be in charge as openers Jason Roy and Steven Davies launched their reply with 75 in eight overs.

However, Sussex had the happy knack of taking wickets at important times, with Roy holing out shortly after reaching a half-century from 42 balls - striking four fours and two sixes - and Nash picked up Zander de Bruyn on the long-on boundary in his solitary over.

Surrey might still have fancied their chances of scoring 40 off the last four overs with seven wickets in hand, but Sussex's leading wicket-taker, Chris Liddle, picked up three scalps in two overs, including former team-mate Rory Hamilton-Brown.

Surrey needed 27 off the last over and, although Tom Maynard hit 14 from the first three balls from Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, the Pakistani foxed him for 46 with his slower ball to seal their fate.

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