One-Day Cup: Sussex stun Durham at Hove
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|Sussex 288-7 (48.1 overs) beat Durham 287-8 (50 overs) by three wickets|
An unbroken eighth-wicket stand of 97 between Yasir Arafat and Will Beer propelled Sussex to an unlikely three-wicket One-Day Cup victory over Durham.
Scott Borthwick (3-51) and Graham Onions (3-67) reduced the hosts to 191-7 in the 34th over in pursuit of 288.
But Arafat (55 not out) and Beer (45 no) won the game with 11 balls left.
Earlier, Paul Collingwood and Scott Borthwick both made 67 while Arafat (3-47) took two wickets in two balls as Durham posted 287-8 in their 50 overs.
Mark Stoneman (58) scored his second successive half-century as he put on 76 with Phil Mustard (39) for the first wicket.
Durham looked set for a total in excess of 300, but Arafat got rid of Collingwood, Gareth Breese and Gordon Muchall in the space of nine balls to stem the flow of runs.
Sussex looked to be heading for their third defeat out of three when Ben Brown (26) was seventh man out, but Arafat and Beer pulled victory from the jaws of defeat.
Arafat scored his first one-day half-century for two years - and first in domestic cricket since 2004 - as he and Beer recorded Sussex's record eighth-wicket partnership in one-day cricket.
Australian John Hastings bowled two no-balls and a wide at the start of the 49th over to gift-wrap the home side's remarkable victory.