Gatting has Sussex on the slide

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A 95-run third-wicket stand by Mark Ramprakash and Mike Gatting helped Middlesex break their one-day duck against sorry Sussex at Lord's yesterday.

The Middlesex pair's 18-over partnership took their team to the brink of victory, after a dreadful batting display from Sussex earlier on. Sussex were put in to bat and were quickly in trouble, struggling to 66 for 4 by the half-way stage of their innings.

Only an unbroken last-wicket partnership of 39 - a Sussex record in the competition - enabled them to run up a three-figure score. Angus Fraser took 3 for 10 in his eight overs. Amer Khan top-scored with 22.

Leicestershire registered their first Sunday League win of the season when an undefeated 45 by Aftab Habib gave them the edge in a frantic 16- over-aside match at New Road. They held on to beat Worcestershire by six runs after 17 wickets had fallen for 180 runs in a lively package of entertainment which began at 5.20pm because of the rain.

Leicestershire's innings was in chaos when four batsmen were run out in their collapse to 44 for 7 by the 11th over. Aftab played what proved to be the match-winning innings at slightly more than a run a ball.

Worcestershire made their intentions clear by opening with Tom Moody and Graeme Hick, but they were both dismissed in the first two overs from Alan Mullally. They eventually manage to struggle to 92 for 9, thanks to an unbeaten 20 from Reuben Spiring.

Paul Johnson hit 74 not out off 42 balls to steer Nottinghamshire to a nine-wicket win against Durham at Hartlepool. Nottinghamshire got home with 4.2 overs to spare in a rain-reduced match. Johnson dominated an unbroken stand of 101 in 71 balls with Tim Robinson, who made 46 not out, in a match which was scheduled for 28 overs a side when play began at 3.30 but was further reduced to 23 overs after more rain. Durham totalled 155 for 8, but it was decided that under the new Duckworth-Lewis system the visitors needed 154 for victory.

Gloucestershire's Monte Lynch thrashed Hampshire's attack for 88 off 51 balls but still could not beat the rain that eventually washed out play at Bristol. Lynch faced the first ball and the last in what was scheduled to be a 16-overs-per-side match. The former Surrey batsman finished with two sixes and 10 fours and was dropped three times by Hampshire.

Lynch and Mark Alleyne added 97 in nine overs for the fourth wicket, as Gloucestershire reached 139 for 5. But it was all to prove in vain, after first a heavy shower cut Hampshire's target to 95 runs in 10 overs and then the umpires decided the outfield was too wet in any case.

David Byas led Yorkshire to a seven-wicket victory over Glamorgan at Headingley. The powerful left-hander ended a lean spell in limited overs cricket by hitting 83 from only 78 balls.

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