A look at everything that happened during the Vitality Blast encounter between Surrey and Sussex Sharks at The 1st Central County Ground on Sunday.
Sussex Sharks and Surrey were just one ball away from completing a Vitality Blast match at Hove when umpires Tim Robinson and Paul Baldwin led the players from the field. They did not return, so each team took one point from a no result.
Surrey had scored a challenging 175 for seven at the 1st Central County Groundand with rain in the air the Sharks openers Luke Wright and Phil Salt began their innings at a hectic tempo in order to get ahead of the Duckworth-Lewis rate.
They took 36 runs off the first three overs and at 43 for one off 4.5 over were well ahead on the D/L method. But with the fourth ball of a Kyle Jamieson over the New Zealand bowler struck Sussex skipper Wright on the helmet.
Following the mandatory concussion checks another ball was bowled but with light rain falling and the light deteriorating the umpires conferred and then left the field with the players as a number of the controlled maximum crowd of 2,500 vented their frustration. To make a “match” a minimum of five overs must be bowled.
Surrey had made a positive start to their innings after Sussex chose to field, scoring 29 from their first three overs. But when Tymal Mills replaced Ollie Robinson at the Cromwell Road end he struck with his first delivery, as Will Jacks skied to Luke Wright at long-off.
Former Sussex batsman Laurie Evans looked in good touch against his old team-mates and hit Ollie Robinson for two sixes in an over, flicking him to long-leg before hoisting him over midwicket for another maximum.
Rain drove the players off the field for an hour after 6.1 overs, when Surrey were 53 for one. When they returned the innings was anchored by Jamie Smith, who reached his fifty off 40 deliveries, with two fours and a six. He then hit Robinson for another six, over extra-cover, before he walked across his stumps in an attempt to work the ball to leg and lost his leg stump.
England bowler Chris Jordan bowled only one over and came off early with an apparent injury. There was a brutal cameo at the end from Jamie Overton, who hit three sixes and two fours in a 14-ball 28. But it all counted for nothing at the end of the damp day.
POST MATCH REACTION
Jamie Smith gives his thoughts after hitting his highest T20 score earlier today.
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Surrey XI: Jacks, Smith, Evans, Pope, Burns, Clark, Overton, Jamieson, Atkinson, Batty, Moriarty
Sussex XI: Salt, Wright, Head, Bopara, Wiese, Jordan, Thomason, Rawlins, Beer, Robinson, Mills
Surrey travel to Cardiff to face Glamorgan on Tuesday evening for a 5:30pm start. This match will be streamed live by our hosts and shared on kiaoval.com and the Surrey social media accounts.