Middlesex edge Sussex in thriller

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Middlesex 164-5 beat Sussex 163-8 by five wickets
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Middlesex battled to a thrilling victory against Sussex with just one ball to spare.

In-form Luke Wright smashed 71 from 45 balls as the home team reached 163-8 from their 20 overs.

But Neil Dexter's 4-21 from three overs tempered Sussex's run charge - an intervention that proved crucial.

Chris Rogers (44) set Middlesex on their way before Scott Newman struck 39 and the winning runs as they reached 164-5 with the penultimate ball.

Earlier Rogers put on 70 for the second wicket with Steven Crook (29), a partnership that placed the visitors in the driving seat.

They remained on course until a tight spell from Navad-ul-Hasan slowed their scoring and took the game into the final over.

But Newman remained composed to guide Middlesex to their first FL t20 victory at the fourth attempt.


Middlesex skipper Neil Dexter told BBC London 94.9:

"We bowled well. That was about a par score on that wicket and Scott Newman played a terrific innings to finish it off.

"We'd played three and lost three and had nothing to lose.

"There's still a lot of games to play. We can get back in this tournament."

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