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Chris Nash

Chris Nash, pictured, and Lou Vincent both reached three figures as Sussex recorded a comprehensive 148-run win over the Netherlands

Centuries from Chris Nash and Lou Vincent set up a comfortable 148-run win for Group A leaders Sussex in their Clydesdale Bank 40 match against the Netherlands at Amstelveen.

Nash hit an unbeaten 116 and Vincent scored 102 out of the visitors’ 271 for two before Chris Liddle returned 5-18 to help dismiss the hosts for a paltry 123.

Only four of the Netherlands’ batsmen reached double figures as they were bowled out in 35.2 overs.

Nash and Ed Joyce put on 41 before the latter fell for 21, caught behind off Mark Cleary.

From then on, it was all about Nash and Vincent and the duo duly reached their half-centuries off 56 and 48 balls respectively.

Both went on to reach three figures before Vincent fell with the score on 235 with three overs to go.

Rana Naved-ul-Hasan joined Nash at the crease and clubbed 19 not out from just 10 deliveries to further boost the Sussex total.

Nash’s knock came from 135 balls and included five fours and two sixes, while Vincent made his 102 from 91 deliveries with five fours and one maximum.

Liddle quickly got to work in the Netherland’s reply, opener Wesley Barresi the first to go with the total on five when he was caught by wicketkeeper Ben Brown.

The left-arm seamer went on to claim the next four wickets as the hosts slumped to 32 for five, although a partnership of 47 between Tim Gruijters and Tom de Grooth at least restored some respectability.

When De Grooth, the top scorer with 30, was trapped leg before by Luke Wells the fight was taken out of the home side’s reply.

Wells finished with 3-19 from his eight overs as the visitors claimed a seventh successive victory that lifts them two points clear of second-placed Middlesex.