T20 Blast: Sussex beat Yorkshire to reach Finals Day

Vitality T20 Blast Quarterfinals, UAE Riverside
Yorkshire 177-7 (20 amounts): Balance 55, Kohler-Cadmore 55; Mills 3-39
Sussex 178-5 (19.4 plus): Wright 54; Thomson 3-28
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The Sussex Sharks reached the T20 Blast Finals day for the first time since 2018 with a five-wicket win over Yorkshire.

Luke Wright put them on their way with 54, Afghan Rashid Khan unbeaten 27 from nine deliveries as they hit 178-5 with two balls to spare.

Yorkshire picked the racket first, and despite losing three early wickets, Gary Balance and Tom Kohler-Cadmore made 55 to see them to 177-7.

Then Jordan Thompson took 3-28 but the sharks timed their chase perfectly.

Yorkshire went into the game without their leading wicket player, Luke Ferguson, due to Covid, while both teams were absent due to England duties – Joe Root, Johnny Bristow and David Malan for the Vikings, as well as Sussex’s Ole Robinson.

Sussex captain Luke Wright’s half century was his fourth T20 Blast this season

Vikings choose shorter borders

With the match shifting to Riverside grounds in Durham because Headingley will use the third Test against India on Wednesday, Yorkshire brought the rope to match the dimensions of their usual home boundary.

The move didn’t pay off initially as Adam Leith, David Willey and Harry Brook all left within five runs – the last, who scored 485 points during the group stage, was cornered by Khan as he tried to sweep the ball.

Kohler-Cadmore lacked his usual fluency early in his innings, but Balance raced to 50 to raise the scoring before Khan caught him off George Garton.

Then, Kohler-Cadmore finally found his touch to bring in his own half century before being caught by Tymal Mills (3-39) as the Vikings added 107 in the last 10 overs.

Established chase openers running

The two teams had only met twice before in T20 matches – with the team winning first on both occasions.

Despite this, Wright and his opening partner Phil Salt gave the Sussex a great run, putting 72 in eight overs.

Wright was brought down at 31 when wicket-keeper Harry Duke made a hash for a skater—not an isolated escape by the Vikings—and hit six and six four times in his 39-ball hit before the ball was tossed in an attempt to sweep Adil Rashid. .

Harry Duke
Harry Duke is unable to hold onto the outstanding skater by Luke Wright

The multi-skilled Thompson was the top attacking choice at home, clearing Salt, Ravi Bobara and David Wise as Sussex needed 35 of their last 18.

Despite the pressure, Khan’s daring two-stroke play made him sixty-three fours as he carried them to the brink of victory before Chris Jordan reached the winning limit.

However, Khan will not be available for finals day at Edgbaston on September 18, when the Sussexes will attempt to repeat. Their victory in 2009 In a competition called then the Twenty-first Cup.

Yorkshire captain David Wylie:

“I think we thought we were a little on a par because we had the best conditions. Maybe it would have been better to hit in the first half.

“We haven’t done the basics well enough in the field, and it has cost us.

“Rashid managed to hit it nicely for them. So credit to them and good luck on Finals Day.”

Sussex player Rashid Khan:

“I just needed to support my skills, thanks to the technical staff who sent me a little earlier to finish the match.

“I did my best to stay still and do the basics right. They played the ball where I wanted it, and I finished well.

“But it’s a pity that I won’t be available for them on Finals Day. Every player loves to be there.”


Wednesday (19:00 GMT)

Knotts Outlaws vs Hampshire Hawks

Thursday (19:00)

Somerset vs Lancashire Lightning

Friday (19:00)

Kent Spitfires vs Birmingham Bears

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