Just like to get the world record bit in wherever I can. Anyway, back to earth today as Sussex comfortably beat Surrey by six wickets with more than an over to spare at Guildford this afternoon.
Hamilton-Brown won the toss and chose to bat, and despite giving us another cracker of a start, edging towards ten an over for the first five, he couldn't repeat the heroics of Wednesday night as he was the first of Chris Liddle's four victims. Stewart Walters seems to be settling in to his new role at number three nicely, I wouldn't have him there myself, I see him as more of a finisher, but whatever works! His 88 came at better than a run a ball and without it we'd have been nowhere.
Jason Roy seems to have lost the form which made him such a star in the Twenty20, but the lad is only just 20, he will come again. Spriegel's renaissance continued and he'll be disappointed that his 30 off 27 balls didn't amount to something more substantial. I still worry that our numbers seven and eight are not able to force the issue enough, Batty and Wilson returned just two boundaries in consuming 21 balls today.
The Sussex innings didn't get off to the best of starts for us either, Joyce and Nash, two very good players, were comfortably keeping up with the run rate and Tremlett wasn't having his best game for us. One poor game in the last twenty or so isn't such a bad return though. Dernbach was expensive too as he can be from time to time. Linley, usually so reliable in keeping things tight leaked a few too many as well.
The spin of Batty, Spriegel and Hamilton-Brown was effective in keeping the runs down in the middle overs and Batty's bowling in particular in recent weeks has been much improved. However despite needing nearly 10 an over going into the last five or six, Sussex had a powerplay up their sleeves and two good batsmen at the crease in Hodd and Yardy. Tremlett and Dernbach had no answer and it was wrapped up pretty quick.
We're still well in the CB40 despite this result dropping us below Sussex to third in the table. We do however have a game in hand over Sussex and Lancashire, the two sides around us. Today's result is another sign of this side lacking consistency, we need to learn to win games like this and string results together, but I'm confident that will come in time.
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