Sussex vs Surrey

Match info: NatWest T20 Blast at The PROBIZ County Ground - South Group

Date: 16th May 2014 Umpires: I J Gould and S J O'Shaughnessy

20-over match

Home team and score Away team score

Sussex

172/8 (20.0 Overs)

Result

Surrey

171/7 (20.0 Overs)

Sussex win by 2 wickets

  • Last Updated: May 16 2014, 23:27 BST

Yasir Arafat hit fours off the last two balls to secure a dramatic win for Sussex in their NatWest T20 Blast opener against Surrey at Hove on Friday.

YasirArafat was the match-winner for Sussex
YasirArafat was the match-winner for Sussex

The hosts were set a victory target of 172 by their opponents, whose innings had seen Jason Roy and Gary Wilson hit a half-century apiece.

Luke Wright's 56 helped put Sussex in contention, but they looked destined to fall just short of their goal until the late intervention from Arafat (eight not out) sealed the triumph by two wickets.

After winning the toss and opting to bat, Surrey lost a couple of early wickets, with skipper Graeme Smith and Steven Davies' departures leaving them on 48 for two.

But they then put on 75 for the third wicket thanks to Roy and Wilson, before the former (57) was removed by Chris Jordan's catch off the bowling of Ashar Zaidi.

Kevin O'Brien swiftly followed as he was bowled by Zaidi (three for 32) and Wilson (50) was then removed as his hook from Chris Liddle's delivery brought a fantastic catch out of Arafat on the boundary.

Arafat's bowling then accounted for South Africa all rounder Robin Peterson (one) - who went straight into the squad after signing for the whole of the competition - as Wright made the catch, and Surrey's seventh and final wicket came from the penultimate ball of the innings, Azhar Mahmood (23) being bowled by Jordan.

Sussex's reply started badly as Matt Machan was caught by Tom Curran off Jade Dernbach in the second over, and they were then on 27 for two, skipper Ed Joyce hitting Curran to Smith at mid-on.

It became 52 for three when Michael Yardy was ousted by a Peterson catch off Aneesh Kapil, but Sussex then began to pick up some momentum thanks to Wright's partnership with Rory Hamilton-Brown.

It yielded 55 runs, but Wright was then bowled by Curran (two for 42) in the 13th over and the wickets of Hamilton-Brown (30) and Zaidi followed in the next, O'Brien (two for 22) taking both scalps via a Wilson stumping and lbw respectively.

Sussex were on 111 for six at that point and their efforts to make the victory target were disrupted when Chris Nash went down in the middle in the 16th over with an injury.

He was okay to continue but was bowled by Mahmood for 21 in the 19th.

Jordan (16) was then caught by Smith off Dernbach (two for 34), leaving the home side requiring 15 from the last four balls.

But remarkably, they pulled it off as Ben Brown hit a six and added another run before Arafat notched his last-gasp double of fours.