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Cool Yardy tames Lions

Steven Davies & Michael Yardy

Michael Yardy guides Sussex to a six-wicket win that keeps their semi-final hopes alive and kicking

Sussex's bid for a third successive 40-over title gained momentum as they eased to a six-wicket Clydesdale Bank 40 win over Surrey at Guildford.

An unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 113 between skipper Michael Yardy and Andrew Hodd saw Sussex home with 10 balls to spare.

The win moves ahead of their rivals and into second place in Clydesdale Bank 40 Group A, although Surrey have a game in hand.

Surrey looked favourites when Gareth Batty had opener Chris Nash, who hit 62, caught off a top-edged sweep and bowled Murray Goodwin with the next ball to leave Sussex 143 for four.

The asking rate then climbed beyond nine an over but the chase was transformed when Sussex plundered 47 in their four-over batting powerplay which they delayed until the 35th over.

Chris Tremlett was hit for 15 and Jade Dernbach for 16, before Yardy won the game with successive boundaries off the former.

The England all-rounder finished with 66 off 46 balls and Hodd, with 46 off 43 deliveries, gave him excellent support.

Nash had given Sussex a decent platform by sharing half-century stands with Ed Joyce and Joe Gatting and, although Surrey's spinners kept things tight in the middle of the innings, their total of 252 looked 30 runs short on a small ground.

Surrey had been indebted to Stewart Walters, whose 88 gave them a competitive total, although it should have been more given the start they were given by Rory Hamilton-Brown and Steven Davies.

The pair had put on 190 as Surrey piled up a record score of 386 against Glamorgan on Wednesday and looked in the mood for a repeat as Hamilton-Brown hit James Kirtley out of the attack by taking 18 off his second over.

Yardy brought Chris Liddle on and the left-armer struck with his fourth ball when Hamilton-Brown skied a drive to mid-on, before he had Davies taken at mid-off in his next over.

Walters consolidated with Mark Ramprakash in a stand of 84 in 17 overs but was dropped off his own bowling by Yardy prior to reaching his fifty.

A strangely subdued Ramprakash hit Liddle out of the ground, before Kirtley returned to bowl him as he played across the line.

Surrey's last five wickets fell for 30 runs in four overs with Kirtley picking up two in the last over to finish with 4-60, despite his first two overs costing 30 runs.