Sussex bounced back from Friends Provident Trophy disappointment in the best way to reach Twenty20 finals day for the second time in three years.
Two days after losing to Hampshire at Lord's, Sussex's slow bowlers helped comfortably defend a total of 152 for nine to beat Warwickshire by 38 runs in front of a 6,800 crowd at Hove and extend their winning sequence in the competition to six matches. The off-spinner Rory Hamilton-Brown took four for 15 off three overs, striking twice in three balls after coming on in the 15th over. Tony Frost dragged his first delivery on to off stump and Warwickshire's hopes effectively ended with the dismissal – a debatable lbw – of the England one-day international Jonathan Trott two balls later for 56.
In the end, the difference was probably the cameo Chris Nash played at the end of the Sussex innings when they had threatened to squander a promising start, Luke Wright and Hamilton-Brown putting on 43 in six overs to take Sussex to 75 for one in the 11th over.
But the innings went into a steady decline after Rikki Clarke dismissed both batsmen in the same over. As wickets continued to fall, Nash, Sussex's No 7, began to find his range, pulling the last ball of the 19th over from Carter for six and driving Barker over extra cover for another maximum in the final over to finish unbeaten on 29 off 14 balls.Reuse content