Needing a win to cruise into the last eight, Glamorgan instead chose to capitulate against Sussex, collapsing from 50 for 0 in 4.2 overs to an unreal 88 all out in 13.3 overs. And as if there wasn’t enough drama, Tymal Mills sealed the win with a ravishing hat-trick, the third of the 2018 season.
It had all started well for Glamorgan though, with openers Craig Meschede and Aneurin Donald hitting 20-odds to hoist a 50-run stand off 26 balls and put their side on course in the 187-run chase. Enter Rashid Khan with his bag of tricks. Meschede was bowled, kick-starting the mother of all collapses. Jofra Archer picked out Colin Ingram in the next over, paving way for Chris Jordan to come and scalp Kiran Carlson and Aneurin Donald in the same over, which happened to be the ninth of the innings.
Rashid Khan was into the act one again, scraping through the middle and lower-middle order with the wickets of Graham Wagg and Chris Cooke, only for Mills to come and raze through the last three batsmen with a hat-trick.
Sussex’s total of 186 for 5 in the first innings would have tested most sides to be honest — the fact that it elicited this from Glamorgan is a different story altogether. The total was built around Laurie Evans’s unbeaten 63 off 47 balls. The 30-year-old hit 4 fours and 3 sixes, one of which even shattered the patio window. Michael Burgess, with his 39 off 26 balls, proved to be an able ally in the quickfire 74-run stand for the fifth wicket and Archer then thrilled with his six-ball cameo, hitting 22 runs with the help of 2 fours and 2 sixes.
It turned out to be a happy captaincy debut for Danny Briggs, subbing for Luke Wright who experienced acute lower back pain during training and was ruled out of the clash. Glamorgan’s qualification into the last eight now depends on Sussex and Kent’s results.
Brief Scores: Sussex 186/5 in 20 overs (Laurie Evans 63*; Andrew Salter 2-29) beat Glamorgan 88 in 13.3 overs (Aneurin Donald 27; Rashid Khan 3-9, Mills 3-20) by 98 runs.
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