Rusty Sharks bite in late start to t20 bash
SUSSEX professional cricket manager Mark Robinson said his side were pleased to get up and running with a win on Sunday in the Friends Life t20 competition.
The Sharks' start to the limited overs competition has been heavily disrupted by the weather, with their first two games falling foul to the rain prior to Sunday's clash against Middlesex at Lord's.
And Robinson said that as such, Sussex were a bit rusty going into the match.
He said: "For some of the players, it felt like a first game of the season as they felt rusty.
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"It was a scruffy game and it wasn't a great wicket to play cricket on, but we did enough good things to ensure we got the win and we are pleased to have won the match."
Robinson added that it had been a frustrating start to the Friends Life t20 for Sussex, but said he hoped his side could pick up the pace of the competition quickly.
"You prepare to play and when you warm up and you are given a start time, it is frustrating not to play.
"It means you are not sure of your best team – you can plan it on paper, but you don't know until you see it in reality.
"T20 is a difficult game to play; as much as there is the enjoyment of it with large crowds, it is difficult.
"It is played at a quick pace and you need sharp reactions – we are trying to get that sharpness, but it is hard to when you are not playing."
Robinson praised his side's bowlers though, adding that the win against Middlesex was largely down to them restricting their opponents' run chase.
"The bowlers bowled well," he said.
"Lids [Chris Liddle] had that great over which finished off the game and he was outstanding, which got him the headlines.
"But the others bowled well too – Rusty [Theron] was a bit unlucky with edges and he probably deserved better."
Robinson also praised the experienced batting duo of Murray Goodwin and Scott Styris, who between them scored 91 of Sussex's total of 143.
He said: "They showed the way and showed their experience.
"It was good to see them get off and running."
Sussex are next due to be in t20 action tonight, when Middlesex visit Hove for a floodlit match.
Play is due to start at 7.10pm.