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(FPt20) sussex sharks v Glamorgan Dragons at Hove on 23rd June 2010 Umpires: J H evans and R A Kettleborough


scorers: M J Charman and A K Hignell


A brutal innings of 117 from 55 balls saw the Sussex Sharks consolidate their position at the top of the table as they posted the third highest total in Twenty20 cricket in England. Prior’s savage stroke play under the Hove floodlights also saw the England wicket-keeper plunder the highest individual score against the Dragons in the competition and, with Chris Nash weighing in with a 21-ball half-century, the Sharks raced past the previous highest total against the Dragons – 223/9 by the Worcestershire Royals at New Road in 2005. That game had also seen Ben Smith make 105 but this was expunged from the record books by Prior as he struck 15 fours and 5 sixes, mercilessly plundering the Dragons attack on a wicket towards the edge of the square. None of the visiting bowlers could contain the Sharks opener who set the tone for the carnage which followed by bludgeoning James Harris for successive fours in his opening over. He then did the same to Shaun Tait when he entered the attack at the Cromwell Road End, and a further flurry of fours saw Prior race to a 30-ball fifty. There was though a brief lull as he enjoyed a few moments of good fortune, nearly holing out at long-off in Jamie Dalrymple’s opening over, besides getting a top-edge to third man just out of the grasp of a diving Mark Wallace. But he soon reverted to a series of authentic boundaries as he despatched Harrison for three successive sixes, before pummelling another series of fours as he galloped to his century from 48 deliveries with a clubbed four against David Brown. Prior then celebrated by pulling the all-rounder’s next delivery for six, but in the next over at the Sea End, the express pace of Tait - who was the standout bowler in the Dragons battered attack - ended the blitzkrieg of blows as Prior top-edged a vicious bouncer with Wallace safely pouching a skier. Having leaked 27 fours and 11 sixes, the Dragons needed to score at twelve an over, and they were given a turbo-charged start by Mark Cosgrove and Jim Allenby who saw their side to fifty after five overs. But despite some blistering blows from the Australian, it was only a brief assault as he chipped Nash to mid-wicket. A massive six from Tom Maynard over square-leg briefly raised the visitor’s hopes of maintaining the helter-skelter pace, but the young tyro swiftly fell to the canny leg-spin of Will Beer as the Sussex attack started to turn the screw. With the run rate escalating and wickets tumbling at regular intervals, the Dragons could not maintain any momentum as their valiant chase petered out. Some defiant blows late in the innings by Dalrymple and Brown saw the Dragons to a total which otherwise might have been a winning one, as the Sharks eased to their eighth victory of the campaign which assured the South Coast side of a quarter-final place – and all achieved without Club captain Michael Yardy and all-rounder Luke Wright who were on England duty, ironically back in Wales to further emphasise the depth of talent at the disposal of the Sharks.


*M W Goodwin D S Smith C D Nash J S Gatting +A J Hodd


FOW:


Extras Total


sussex sharks innings B B McCullum M J Prior


R S C Martin-Jenkins C B Keegan W A T Beer R J Kirtley


run out (Tait) not out


(5 Wickets, 20 Overs) 33, 106, 162, 175, 238.


Bowling Croft


Harris Tait


Harrison


Dalrymple Allenby Brown


Toss - Glamorgan Dragons won and fielded


o M R W 3 4 4 3 1 4 1


0 0 0 0 0 0 0


25 61 30 45 12 44 18


1 0 1 2 0 0 0


(4b, 2w)


c Cosgrove b Harrison c Wallace c Maynard c Maynard not out


b Tait b Croft b Harrison


117 28 9


60 9 0


239 6 10


Glamorgan Dragons innings M J Cosgrove c Prior J Allenby


+M A Wallace J A R Harris R D B Croft D S Harrison S W Tait


*J W M Dalrymple D O Brown


T L Maynard G P Rees


b Keegan not out


(5 Wickets, 20 Overs) 186 69, 85, 89, 118, 154.


Bowling


Martin-Jenkins Keegan Smith Kirtley Nash Beer


o M R W 3 4 4 4 1 4


0 0 0 0 0 0


33 40 28 37 5


35


0 1 1 1 1 1


Result - Sussex Sharks won by 53 runs (8lb, 7w)


c Martin-Jenkins b Kirtley 27 c Prior b Smith


not out


b Beer 10 19 46 21 5


15 b Nash 43


Fifty Years Ago – From the 1961 Glamorgan Yearbook


“Young Jeff Jones of Dafen showed promise as a fast bowler and if he works hard, he could be a very useful member of the side.”


“When Don Shepherd shaved the off stick of the last Yorkshire batsman at Bradford, Glamorgan were only a coat of varnish off the first double ever against the northern county. Cowan survived and Yorkshire won by one wicket, but were defeated at Swansea.”


“At Stourbridge, in the Championship match against Worcestershire, the bowling crease was found to be six inches too short.”


“Three Glamorgan players were injured during the Championship match with Essex at Westcliff. During the game, Alan Rees, Allan Watkins and Brian Evans were each off the field for part of the time.”


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