One-Day Cup: Yasir Arafat runs riot as Sussex defeat Somerset

Yasir Arafat
Arafat has claimed more than 350 List A wickets in 241 matches
Royal London One-Day Cup, Taunton
Sussex 189-3 (29 overs) beat Somerset 193-8 (33 overs) by seven wickets (D/L method)
Match scorecard

Yasir Arafat took five wickets, including three in one over, as Sussex secured a seven-wicket win over Somerset in the One-Day Cup at Taunton.

The rain-affected match was reduced to 33 overs per side with Colin Ingram's 72 the backbone of Somerset's 193-8.

Arafat dismissed Lewis Gregory (18), Tim Groenewald and Craig Meschede in the final over of the innings.

Set a revised target of 189, Ed Joyce (46) and Matt Machan (47) eased Sussex home with an unbroken stand of 94.

Earlier, Arafat began an impressive spell by bowling Marcus Trescothick off the edge for three and having Peter Trego caught behind for nought with his first two balls in the second over of Somerset's innings.

Following a brief rain delay, Nick Compton (42) shared a 96-run third-wicket partnership with Ingram, the highest of the match, to help Somerset rebuild.

Arafat's county collection
Sussex: 2006, 2009, 2010, 20142012: Lancashire
Kent: 2007, 20082013: Somerset
Surrey: 2011

Ingram's impressive innings came to a premature end as he was run-out by Chris Liddle pushing for a second before Arafat completed his ninth five-for in List A cricket.

The Pakistani right-arm quick bowler had Gregory caught behind off the first ball of the 33rd over before Groenewald was caught by Machan for a first-ball duck, and although Meschede survived Arafat's second chance of claiming a hat-trick in the match he was bowled off the final ball of the innings without scoring.

Chris Nash (30) and Luke Wright (42) both hit a flurry of boundaries, and a six each, to set the Sharks racing towards the target.

Smart work from wicketkeeper Alex Barrow to run out Nash and two quick wickets for Jack Leach (2-21) briefly stemmed the flow, but Sussex reached 189-3 with four overs to spare.

It was their third victory in the tournament and moved them up to fourth place in their group with six points from six matches. They took advantage of washouts for Group B leaders Kent against Warwickshire, Nottinghamshire against Surrey and mid-table Durham against Middlesex.

Sussex bowler Yasir Arafat:

"After losing our first two games confidence is growing all the time and we now have a great chance of reaching the quarter-finals."

Somerset bowler Jack Leach said:

"No-one should read too much into this result. The toss was important and it was always going to be difficult batting first, so we are determined not to let it affect the momentum we were building in the competition."

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