A fine bowling performance, led by Chris Jordan and Yasir Arafat, allowed Sussex Sharks to pull off a 13-run victory and condem Middlesex Panthers to their second defeat of the day at the NatWest T20 Double Header.
The Sharks managed to defend a modest 128, with some disciplined bowling and a poor batting display by the hosts.
Jordan top scored for the Sharks with 25 runs off of 20 balls, putting away three boundaries in the process. Syed Zaidi added 19 runs to Sussex’s total as the team tried to score a competitive total.
The Panthers’ Dan Christian made up for a poor first match performance by taking three wickets, including danger man Luke Wright, while Toby Roland-Jones also claimed three scalps.
Middlesex’s fightback began slowly and failed to ignite all the way through their innings as they fell short by 13 runs. Captain Eoin Morgan top scored with 30 runs, while Dawid Malan chipped in with a further 23.
The Sharks’ bowlers managed to keep the Panthers at bay by restricting the chance to score, with Steffan Piolet taking two wickets, and Chris Jordan, Yasir Arafat and Rory Hamilton-Brown each taking one wicket each.