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Sussex snatched a three-wicket Duckworth/Lewis victory off Yorkshire on the very last ball in a thrilling finish to the Clydesdale Bank 40 Group C contest at Headingley Carnegie.

The match was also a dress rehearsal for Saturday's Friends Life t20 semi-final encounter at the SWALEC Stadium.

Sussex chased down a revised target of 207 after Yorkshire had knocked up 200 for eight. They required 16 with three wickets in hand off the last over, which was bowled by off-spinner Azeem Rafiq.

The game swung dramatically their way as Amjad Khan lashed the first delivery for six and the next for four. Two were wanted off the final delivery and Amjad got them by squeezing the ball through backward point.

Ed Joyce

Ed Joyce set the platform for Sussex to push for victory with 54 in a second-wicket stand of 89 with Chris Nash, who struck 53

It was tough luck on Rafiq and fellow spinner Adil Rashid, who had bowled splendidly together when Sussex were 156 for four and needing 51 off six overs.

The pair conceded only five apiece off the next two overs, Rafiq also bowling Joe Gatting and later dismissing Michael Yardy to leave Sussex wanting 35 from 14 balls, their position improving through a six from Ben Brown.

Brown fell to Tim Bresnan to make it 185 for seven and Yorkshire were still firm favourites until Khan's late onslaught, with Sussex earlier having been well served with half-centuries from Chris Nash and Ed Joyce.

Put in to bat, Yorkshire made 14 off the first four overs before rain caused a lengthy delay and, on the resumption, skipper Andrew Gale and Phil Jaques were eager to make up for lost time.

They had advanced the score to 33 by the eighth over when Jaques was bowled making room off Chris Liddle, but the tempo increased still further with the arrival of Joe Root.

The right-hander powered his way to 13 with three boundaries off the first four balls he faced while Gale launched himself at Monty Panesar with two big sixes over long-on.

The second-wicket pair raced their stand to 50 off 34 balls and it had galloped on to 75 in 10 overs when Gale was caught on the boundary edge off Luke Wright for 43 from 55 deliveries with three fours and two sixes.

A return catch to Nash ended Root's spree on 41 from 26 balls with a quartet of fours and a six, but Adam Lyth and Bresnan made sure that Yorkshire's progress was maintained.

Lyth made a bright 19 and Bresnan struck a front-foot cover drive for six off Amjad and two consecutive boundaries off Yardy, who pinned him lbw for 27 with his next delivery.

Sussex employed seven bowlers, the most successful being Liddle with 3-44.

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