James Vince sets up Hampshire win over Sussex
|Friends Life t20, Hove|
|Hampshire 193-2 beat Sussex 81 by 112 runs|
James Vince smashed an unbeaten 85 off 49 balls as Twenty20 holders Hampshire hammered Sussex by 112 runs at Hove to clinch top spot in the South Group.
Vince hit six sixes and five fours, backed up by Neil McKenzie's 45 from 24 balls in a partnership of 94, as Hampshire totalled 193-2.
It was the highest FL t20 score at Hove this year and proved far too much for the demoralised home side.
Danny Briggs took 4-17 as sorry Sussex were skittled for just 81.
Hampshire's hammering means Sussex, relegated to third in the group by Somerset's tie with Middlesex, must now win their final game against Surrey on Friday night to stand any chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals.
Vince smashed Chris Nash for successive sixes into the top tier of the Pavilion Stand to pass his previous best of 77 in Twenty20. But McKenzie also played his part in a thrilling partnership which saw Hampshire score 62 off the last five overs.
Sussex's reply got off to a disastrous start as they lost four wickets in the opening seven overs to virtually end their hopes of victory.
Dimitri Mascarenhas did most of the damage as he removed Matt Prior, Chris Nash and Murray Goodwin to claim figures of 3-20.
Dominic Cork told BBC Radio Solent:
"I thought it was probably one of our best matches where everything seemed to click.
"It was up there with one of the best Twenty20 games since I've been at the club.
"I'm more pleased for the fans...o bviously it's a local derby and it's obviously great for them to have the bragging rights."