Vitality T20 Blast – George Garton four-for, match-winning blitz as Sussex keep on monitor

Sussex 158 for 7 (Salt 56, Holman 3-18) beat Middlesex 155 for 8 (Simpson 46, Garton 4-27) by three wickets

George Garton had a day to recollect with 4 wickets and a match-winning cameo of 24 from simply 9 balls as Sussex Sharks beat Middlesex by three wickets to maintain their quarter-final hopes alive within the Vitality Blast.

Garton took 4 wickets for the second time in his T20 profession to assist prohibit Middlesex to 155 for Eight earlier than making a spectacular contribution with the bat when he blasted 20 from 5 balls throughout the penultimate over from Steven Finn.

Middlesex appeared to have the sport received when Sussex slumped from 70 with out loss in seven overs to 121 for six, with teenage leg-spinner Luke Hollman choosing up Three for 18 together with Phil Salt for 56.

When Garton joined Aaron Thomason within the 17th over Sussex nonetheless wanted 35 however Garton swung the sport again Sussex’s method by hitting Finn for 2 straight sixes and two boundaries. Though he holed out off the ultimate ball of the 19th over, Sussex wanted three to win and Thomason smashed the profitable boundary off Tom Helm with 4 balls to spare. Victory of their remaining recreation towards Essex at Chelmsford on Sunday will assure Sussex second place behind south group winners Surrey.

The Sharks appeared to have issues underneath management when Salt and Luke Wright launched the chase confidently however Hollman and Nathan Sowter, who between them took Four for 40 in eight overs, relished a pitch providing flip and bounce.

Salt made his highest rating of the season, off 40 balls with eight boundaries, however he was bowled by Hollman who then picked up David Wiese and MacLeod in successive balls within the 17th over earlier than Garton got here to Sussex’s rescue.

Earlier, John Simpson scored 46 for the third time on this season’s competitors as he and Hollman revived Middlesex after they’d struggled to 81 for five within the 12th over. The sixth-wicket pair placed on 64 in 39 balls after left-arm spinner Delray Rawlins had picked up three wickets together with Joe Cracknell, who made 37.

A day which ended properly had begun promisingly for Garton when he picked up Max Holden with the second ball of the match, holding a one-handed return catch in his comply with by. Umpire Ian Gould ultimately despatched Holden on his method after consulting colleague Rob White.

The competitors’s main run-scorer Steve Eskinazi had taken his tally to 397 with 21 when Garton had him caught on the leg-side boundary earlier than Rawlins picked up two wickets in three balls. The spectacular Cracknell, 20, was bowled by the gate and Middlesex’s experiment of selling James Harris backfired when he missed an tried reduce.

When Martin Andersson was bowled by the gate in Rawlins’ third over Middlesex had been in hassle however their two left-handers repaired the injury, selectively focusing on the quick scoreboard-side boundary and working onerous.

Hollman struck Ollie Robinson for 3 successive boundaries within the 18th over however Garton dragged it again on the finish. He took a superb catch working in from long-on to take away Simpson and provides Mitch Claydon his first T20 wicket since August 2019 earlier than placing with successive balls within the remaining over. Hollman, whose runs got here off 21 balls with 5 fours, slogged throughout the road and Sowter chipped a slower ball to cowl. Garton completed with Four for 27 and Rawlins a career-best Three for 22.

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