NatWest Pro40 - Division One
Lancashire Lightning 183 (P J Horton 56, L Vincent 50) v Sussex Sharks 185-6 (M W Goodwin 58 no)
Sussex beat Lancashire by 4 wkts
Sussex Sharks coasted to the top of the Pro40 Division One table with an impressive four-wicket win over rock-bottom Lancashire Lightning at Hove.
An impressive bowling display from the hosts restricted Lightning to a modest 183 all out - Lou Vincent and Paul Horton both notching half-centuries for the visitors.
And, led by a typically assured 58 not out from Murray Goodwin, Sussex chased down their target with 11 balls to spare to move above Hampshire at the top of the table.
Vincent got the Lancashire innings off to a flying start as he and inexperienced opener Karl Brown put on 46 for the first wicket in quick-fire time.
Brown's promising innings was brought to an end in unfortunate circumstances as Vincent gave his partner a poor call and the 20-year-old was left stranded for 22.
Determined to make amends for his error, New Zealander Vincent continued his assault on the Sussex attack as he raced to his half-century at run-a-ball pace.
However, when Michael Yardy got his revenge for some harsh treatment by Vincent in the previous over by trapping him LBW, the Lightning innings wilted feebly.
Horton made a steady if unspectacular 56, however he lacked any real support as the spin of Yardy (3-54), promising youngster Rory Hamilton-Brown (2-30) and Chris Nash (3-8) brought an abrupt end to the visitors innings.
The Sharks opening duo of Yardy (48) and Nash (26) continued their fine all-round displays with the bat with an opening stand of 59.
Captain Glen Chapple led a brief Lightning fightback with three wickets, however Goodwin looked untroubled and guided the hosts to victory with just under two overs remaining.