How­ell takes hat-trick to set up Sus­sex stroll

Gloucestershire Echo - - CRICKET -

» BENNY How­ell took a hat-trick in Glouces­ter­shire’s com­pre­hen­sive 116-run win over Sus­sex Sharks at East­bourne.

They plun­dered 135 off the last ten overs and 76 from the last five to boost their to­tal to 335-6 and Sus­sex never threat­ened de­spite an­other half-cen­tury from South African all-rounder David Wiese.

How­ell took a hat-trick, re­mov­ing Ben Brown, Abi Sakande and Danny Briggs to fin­ish things off as Sus­sex were dis­missed for 219 after los­ing their last five wick­ets for 14 run.

Glouces­ter­shire’s in­nings was trans­formed a sen­sa­tional bar­rage in the clos­ing overs from Jack Tay­lor, whose un­beaten 69 came off just 26 balls and in­cluded eight sixes and two fours.

The foun­da­tions were laid by Miles Ham­mond, as his 95 off 105 balls con­tained 11 fours and two sixes. He shared 110 for the first wicket with skip­per Chris Dent who made 46.

Sus­sex’s spin­ners Will Beer and Briggs did a good job of ty­ing Glouces­ter­shire down dur­ing the mid­dle part of their in­nings as Gareth Rod­er­ick’s first 25 runs all came in sin­gles but when he drove Briggs to ex­tra cover for 53 in the 44th over it was the sig­nal for Tay­lor to cut loose.

Sus­sex’s in­nings never got any mo­men­tum as Luke Wright (21) and Ge­orge Gar­ton (1) fell in the power-play and Harry Finch (29) and Sti­aan van Zyl (29) were un­able to build on solid starts.

When Wiese came in the rate had climbed to 8.72 but he kept Sus­sex in the hunt, shar­ing 65 in 11 overs with Lau­rie Evans (44) and 56 in seven with Ben Brown.

Wiese had reached 55 from 58 balls when Jack Tay­lor ran in from the mid-wicket bound­ary to hold a div­ing catch off his younger brother Matt. Brown (27) was caught in the deep off How­ell in the 42nd over be­fore he fin­ished the in­nings off.

Head coach Richard Daw­son said: “It was a big im­prove­ment on the last game when we lost to Glam­or­gan. Miles Ham­mond played re­ally nicely and Jack Tay­lor struck the ball beau­ti­fully.

“Then with the ball we never pan­icked. We caught and fielded very well which on a ground with small bound­aries was very pleas­ing and I thought Chris Dent cap­tained the side re­ally well.”

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