Brown left ‘de­flated’ as Sus­sex are edged out

The Cricket Paper - - QUARTER-FINALS - By Im­ran Marashli

SUS­SEX cap­tain Ben Brown ad­mit­ted his team’s fail­ure to make the T20 Blast quar­ter-fi­nals was thor­oughly “de­flat­ing”.

The Sharks’ con­vinc­ing 55-run win against ES­SEX proved to be in vain as SOM­ER­SET up­set the odds in thump­ing HAMP­SHIRE by 98 runs in Southamp­ton to progress on net run-rate.

Brown did not seek ex­cuses and main­tained that Sus­sex only had them­selves to blame as Som­er­set’s net run-rate of 0.491 sur­passed Sus­sex’s 0.423, help­ing them to snatch the fi­nal South Group qual­i­fy­ing place.

“It’s hugely frus­trat­ing and re­ally de­flat­ing. We had a cou­ple of games we should re­ally have won,” the wick­et­keeper said. “We had a lot of rain but we had the chance to qual­ify in our own hands and we didn’t take it.”

There was also heart­break for KENT af­ter they fell to a ten-run de­feat against SUR­REY in Can­ter­bury, fin­ish­ing sixth and two points adrift of Som­er­set.

Ja­son Roy’s 43-ball 78 pow­ered the vis­i­tors to 154-9 af­ter 20 overs but Kent could only muster 144-8 in re­ply, with opener Joe Denly’s 40 prov­ing the high­light of a mis­fir­ing col­lec­tive bat­ting ef­fort.

And head coach Matt Walker iden­ti­fied missed op­por­tu­ni­ties and in­con­sis­ten­cies as the rea­son be­hind the Spit­fires’ dis­ap­point­ment.

“We had to win our last three games. That was the tar­get and we got our­selves into a po­si­tion whereby we could qual­ify,” he said.

“It was in our hands, which was the first ob­jec­tive, and at half­way (against Sur­rey), I thought we were well in the game but it prob­a­bly summed us up, not be­ing able to get over the line in a tight game.

“We’ll be kick­ing our­selves. Over­all though, we prob­a­bly haven’t quite de­served to get through. We fought hard at the back end of the cam­paign but it was all a bit too late, re­ally.”

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