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Sussex saunter into last eight

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Sussex booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Friends Life t20 and ended Surrey's hopes of progressing from the South Group in the process with an emphatic six-wicket win at the Kia Oval.

Surrey struggled to 106 for six in 16.2 overs before rain brought their innings to a premature end. Zander de Bruyn top-scored with 30 not out, while Michael Yardy picked up 2-15 from four overs.

Sussex made light work of reaching a revised target of 109 in 15 overs as Luke Wright, Matt Prior and Chris Nash contributed rapid innings of 32, 25 and 22 respectively.

The visitors cruised home with 20 balls to spare despite the efforts of Surrey skipper Gareth Batty, who claimed 3-11.

Surrey’s hopes of setting an imposing target were hit when they lost a flurry of wickets following a positive start.

Michael Yardy, Chris Liddle & Matt Prior

Chris Liddle, centre, celebrates the wicket of Steven Davies. The seamer recorded excellent figures of 1-5 from two overs for Sussex

Jason Roy was first to go for just four as he picked out Chris Liddle at mid-off to give Yardy his first wicket.

Three balls later Steven Davies' promising innings came to an end when he carved a wide ball from Liddle, who returned 1-5 from two overs, straight to Murray Goodwin at third man, having hit 21 off 11 balls.

Zafar Ansari lasted just three balls before he lobbed a catch to Wright off Yardy to leave Surrey reeling on 32 for three.

Kevin Pietersen then followed his duck against Hampshire the previous night by being caught on the boundary for eight, trying to hit Will Beer over long-on.

Matthew Spriegel had fallen to Michael Rippon for nine by the time the first stoppage for rain arrived with Surrey on 86 for five after 14 overs.

Rory Burns made 23 off 20 balls, including a six off Nash, but then miscued a hook off Amjad Khan and was caught at deep fine-leg by Scott Styris.

When the rain returned Surrey’s innings was brought to an end and Nash set the tone for Sussex’s reply as he blasted 22 off the first two overs before top-edging through to Davies off Stuart Meaker.

England Test wicketkeeper Prior plundered 25 off just 10 balls, including a big six off Dirk Nannes, only to be caught on the boundary, and Wright also found the rope
with regularity.

The latter eventually offered a return catch to Batty, but by then Sussex were assured of victory.

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