Ollie Rayner spins Sussex to win over Somerset

Friends Life T20, Hove
Sussex 91-6 (17.3 ovs) beat Somerset 90 (17.2 ovs) by four wickets
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Ollie Rayner
Rayner was playing his first Twenty20 game of the summer

Off-spinner Ollie Rayner took Twenty20-best figures of 5-18 to help Sussex to a four-wicket FL t20 win over Somerset.

Somerset had no answer to Rayner, only playing because of Michael Yardy's decision to take another break from cricket, as they were shot out for 90.

They made a fist of defending such a low total by reducing Sussex to 23-3.

But Murray Goodwin used all his experience to compile a vital 27 before Rayner struck the winning blow to see his side home with 15 balls to spare.

The evening certainly belonged to Rayner, who started the season on loan with Middlesex.

After Chris Liddle made two early breakthroughs by removing the dangerous Craig Kieswetter and Peter Trego, Rayner got to work to leave the Somerset innings in ruins, twice taking two wickets in an over.

He started when Marcus Trescothick (33) was well held by Luke Wright at long-off, before capturing James Hildreth caught behind first ball and seeing Roelof van der Merwe hole out to deep square leg.

Rayner then bamboozled Arul Suppiah to give Andrew Hodd an easy stumping before completing his five-wicket haul by taking a return catch off Jos Buttler.

Somerset gave themselves hope as Gemaal Hussain (2-18) and Steve Kirby (2-17) struck during the powerplay.

But despite chipping away with some excellent catching, including a stunning diving effort from Van der Merwe, who also took 2-15 with his left-arm spin, to remove Hodd, they left themselves with too much to do, leaving Rayner to end the game by dispatching his first ball to the boundary.

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