About the Match
Sussex has finished at the bottom of the table and will not be progressing to the next stage of the competition; their upcoming match on 19th August at Hove against Essex, who presently occupy the 2nd position in Group B, is just a formality but they will try to bow out of the tournament with something to cheer about. It needs to be seen if Essex can grab two more points to book a favourable quarter-final clash with a win here or if Sussex will fight for its pride amidst fans and emerge victorious here on Tuesday; either way, the crowds anticipate a thrilling contest on the cards that will see the teams pull off some fireworks across the park.
Continuously losing matches, Sussex found it hard to make a comeback in the league stage and have been ousted from the Royal London ODI Cup; their recent defeat against Warwicks by 4 wickets showed gaps on the batting front although the bowlers fought hard to survive with regular wickets in their kitty.
Chris Jordan took 3-39 while Beer and Wells took 3 wickets between them; Liddle, Hobden and Matt Machan were impressive too but the target was too small to be defended against the likes of Porterfield.
However, the same bowlers couldn’t stop Malan and Gubbins from posting the superb 268-run partnership for the 2nd wicket, in the match against Middlesex; they will need to improvise and come up with a winning strategy against Essex. They have not won a single match so far and this is their opportunity to redeem themselves before the curtains close on them.
Against Middlesex, the batsmen combined their strengths to overcome a target of 297 runs with almost 3 overs to spare; Ravi Bopara is a strong middle-order player and his unbeaten 82 off 88 helped them win the match. Players like Tom Westley, Browne and Pettini handle the responsibilities of the top order well while Ryan ten Doeschate along with Jesse Ryder, brings in the goods from the middle order.
Reece Topley, Bopara, Westley and Masters continue to take wickets at regular pace while Jamie Porter, Nijjar and Doeschate bring in variety to the attack. Topley’s stupendous 4-26 had stunned the Hampshire batsmen in the earlier match while Porter and Masters had taken 5 wickets between them to restrict the opponent to 209 runs.
Overall, their determination to succeed combined with a good balance of established batsmen and experienced bowlers, gives them the edge to keep their winning momentum going before the quarter-finals start.
With this being the last day of the league stage matches before the quarter-finals, both teams will try to make it a memorable contest. Sussex has failed to bring out its armoury and their repeated defeat would surely have hurt the morale of the players; Essex on the other hand will not take this match lightly and will come out all guns blazing to emerge victorious yet again.