One-day disappointment despite heroics from Wright

Sussex’s short-game season petered out with a defeat in their last Royal London One-Day cup game.

Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 19.32.48Sussex’s short-game season petered out this week as the county lost the last of their Royal London One-Day cup games to end the contest in eighth place in Group B.

The BrightonandHoveJobs. com County Ground was awash with runs as the home side lost to Glamorgan by seven wickets under the Duckworth-Lewis system.

Sussex scored an impressive 323-3 from a rain-shortened 48 overs but the visitors knocked- off an adjusted target of 329 with eight balls to spare.

Star of the show was Jacques Rudolph who hit an unbeaten 169 to post Glamorgan’s highest- ever one-day score, beating Sir Viv Richards’ 12-year record of 162 against Oxfordshire.

Rudolph’s awe-inspiring innings overshadowed another highly-impressive turn at the crease by Luke Wright. The swashbuckling Sussex star plundered 127 - his highest one- day score for the county

It means Wright has now scored a century in his last innings in all three forms of the game – the Royal London One-Day Cup, the LV County Championship and the Natwest T20 Blast.

He was far from alone in impressing in the middle. Harry Finchmanagedanunbeaten92 from just 58 deliveries to help propel Sussex towards a decent total.

Rudolph, however, saw to it that Glamorgan ended the victorious side, although neither team did enough to progress to the last eight of the competition.

Wright ended the game with mixed feelings. The opener told BBC Sussex: “I am delighted with my own form - what you want to do is score as many runs as possible.

“Overall we have not been good enough this year in white- ball cricket and it has been disappointing. Someone needs to go on and get a big score - and throughout the tournament we haven’t quite had that.

“Harry Finch’s knock was a special one. Even in T20 you can see how a player looks and he looks like he’s got something.

“Some of the shots he played were special today - he’s got to now build on this. Fair play to him -he played some unbelievable shots and is certainly exciting for us next year.”

Sussex’s short-form competitions are over for the season but the team has three LV County Championship matches to play.

First up is Lancashire at Hove, starting on Tuesday morning at 10.30am.

Tickets are still available online at: www.sussexcricket.co.uk or by calling 0844 264 0201.