Sussex flop in the rain

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Sussex were dismissed for 97 - their lowest Benson and Hedges Cup score for 22 years - as Surrey won by 35 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method at Hove yesterday.

The visitors were comfortably placed at 61 for 1 after 20 overs when rain forced an early end. The Surrey innings was played in light rain, and the umpires called a halt shortly after 5pm with conditions worsening. Surrey lost their only wicket when Alistair Brown was bowled for 15 trying to force Jason Lewry through the covers.

Against some accurate seam bowling, only Richard Montgomerie (28) and James Kirtley (10 not out) managed double figures for Sussex. Surrey's uncapped pace bowler Ian Bishop won the gold award for figures of 2 for 22 in 10 tidy overs.

The match between Warwickshire and Northamptonshire at Edgbaston was abandoned without a ball being bowled because of rain.