|Bob Willis Trophy, 1st Central County Ground (day four):|
|Sussex 194 & 141: Rawlins 40; Harmer 5-54|
|Essex 140 & 199-7: Lawrence 60; Garton 4-50|
|Essex (19 pts) beat Sussex (3 pts) by three wickets|
Essex maintained their 100% winning myth in the Bob Willis Trophy as Dan Lawrence’s stylish half of-century helped them to a three-wicket victory in opposition to Sussex.
Lawrence, in his first match since getting again from England Take a look at responsibility made 60 off 77 balls, because the county champions chased down 196 for their third intention discontinuance in as many video games.
That bustle-scoot was once made possible as a consequence of Simon Harmer (5-54) once more leading the capability with the ball because the hosts slumped from 57-2 in a single day to 141 all out. Only Delray Rawlins (40) was once in a situation to counter-attack but he was once one among the South African’s scalps as he tried to earn like a flash runs with the tail.
With 52 overs by which to scoot the most life like possible total of the match, Essex build about it in sure vogue – Alastair Cook dinner (26) and Gash Browne (19) rapid striking on 44 for the first wicket.
Lawrence and captain Tom Westley (24) then shared a fundamental 69-bustle partnership for the third wicket old to Meaker eliminated Westley and George Garton (4-40) all over once more made a fundamental breakthrough for Sussex to push apart Lawrence.
Sussex gave the impact to have a sniff of victory themselves when Mitch Claydon returned to exercise two wickets in three balls to reduce relief Essex to 172-7.
But Paul Walter (27 now not out) and Aaron Beard (10 now not out) effect away the loose balls in the closing overs to total the scoot for the company.
Essex are in fact the handiest aspect with a excellent myth after three rounds, leading the South Community on 61 suggestions.
They face 2nd-positioned Hampshire subsequent at Arundel from Saturday whereas Sussex’s 2nd defeat of their three video games now makes their potentialities of reaching the final now not going.