Moeen’s 121 sinks Sus­sex

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Football -

Moeen Ali hit a su­perb un­de­feated cen­tury as Worces­ter­shire de­feated Sus­sex by eight wick­ets in their Vi­tal­ity Blast quar­ter-fi­nal at Hove last night.

Dropped by Eng­land fol­low­ing the first Test de­feat against Aus­tralia last month, Moeen steered his county to a win which reprised their vic­tory against the same op­po­si­tion in last year’s fi­nal.

The Worces­ter­shire cap­tain led by ex­am­ple with a classy 121 not out off just 60 balls, which saw his side home with 14 balls to spare. He reached his cen­tury from 50 balls and with his ninth six, over back­ward square-leg off Will Beer.

Moeen also set­tled the match with his 11th max­i­mum and also hit eight fours. He was well supported by Riki Wes­sels, who made a 46-ball 47 in a se­cond-wicket stand of 177.

Sus­sex got off to a great start when Worces­ter­shire bat­ted and Reece To­p­ley bowled Joe Leach with the third ball of the in­nings, but Alex Carey dropped Moeen for just five off Ol­lie Robinson in the se­cond over. When Moeen was dropped again, this time by David Wiese on the bound­ary, he was on 78 and the match was all but won.

By the time he was put down a third time, by To­p­ley, he had his hundred and the tie was in the bag.

Sus­sex had ear­lier put to­gether a first-wicket stand of 84 in 8.5 overs be­tween cap­tain Luke Wright and Phil Salt to set them up for a com­pet­i­tive to­tal.

Salt reached his fifty from 31 de­liv­er­ies, but in the same Daryl Mitchell over – which went for 16 runs – Wright was out for a 22-ball 28, caught by Ed Barnard.

Sus­sex were well placed at 94 for one at the half­way stage. Mitchell’s se­cond over went for 22 as Salt again hit him for two sixes, but then the bats­man was caught at long-on.

It was the be­gin­ning of a Sus­sex col­lapse which saw them lose three wick­ets in two overs, and Worces­ter­shire were on their way.

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