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Wright on song again as Sussex strengthen grip

Sussex 161 for two (Wright 68, Evans 55*) beat Hampshire 158 for 7 (Alsop 35*, Munro 30, Vince 30, Archer Three-26, Briggs Three-29) by eight wickets

Luke Wright scored his second fifty in per week to maintain up Sussex’s 100 per cent win file within the Vitality Blast as they thrashed Hampshire by eight wickets.

Opener Wright by no means seemed in any bother, and refused to present his opponents a sniff, as he struck 68 off 53 balls as he put on 96 with Laurie Evans, who additionally scored a superb half century.

Having already overwhelmed Essex and Glamorgan within the opening two rounds, Sussex seemed assured chasing 158.

Phil Salt and Wright attacked the duty with a combination of fast operating and well timed boundaries.

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Salt was deceived by a brilliantly disguised slower ball from Gareth Berg however the let up did not come for the house bowlers, with 53 scored off the powerplay.

Wright, on the again of an 88 in opposition to Glamorgan, arrowed a pair of impeccable cowl drives off Kyle Abbott, though was concerned in a controversial second when Mujeeb Ur Raham thought he had bowled him however after a protracted delay was given a reprieve.

The former England worldwide reached his 35th format fifty off 40-balls, earlier than he discovered Chris Wood on the long-on boundary.

Evans, who collected an aesthetic 55 not out, guided Sussex dwelling with 10 balls to spare to depart Hampshire winless from their opening two Vitality Blast fixtures.

Earlier, Hampshire have been caught in by Sussex skipper Wright on a wicket that by no means actually got here onto the batsmen.

James Vince promoted himself again as much as open, alongside Colin Munro, and took the assault to the Sussex bowlers – drilling Jofra Archer and David Wiese for 3 clear fours in every of their opening two overs.

The Hampshire captain performed one shot too many in his 16-ball 30, when his aggressive drive swirled excessive to cowl.

Munro tried to maintain the excessive run-rate going as he slapped a straight drive for six, to take the hosts to 59 for one on the finish of the powerplay.

But the runs and limits dried up, with 15 balls with out the ball reaching the ropes, as Sam Northeast joined Munro.

The former Kent batsman grew in confidence by taking Wiese for 3 successive fours however like Vince overhit one additional ball – as he discovered Archer at lengthy off off Danny Briggs’ bowling.

Rilee Rossouw smashed a six down the bottom however was caught on the midwicket boundary making an attempt a slog sweep subsequent ball.

Briggs then claimed his third scalp, Munro caught at lengthy off for a scrappy 30, as he ended with figures of three for 29, spoiled considerably by a six and 4 from his remaining over.

The backend of the Hampshire innings proved a battle in opposition to an skilled and wily Sussex assault with solely 38 coming from the final 5 overs – regardless of Tom Alsop’s battling unbeaten 35.

The predominant menace was Archer, who ended with figures of three for 26, with a yorker bowling Berg and a sq. leg catch eliminating Lewis McManus.

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