Essex 197 for five (Lawrence 81) beat Sussex 185 for 8 (Thomason 47) by 12 runs
Dan Lawrence’s greatest outing of the summer time impressed Essex to a good 12-run victory at Hove, giving them their first T20 win of the season to take them off the foot of the South Group desk.
Lawrence’s flamboyant 44-ball 81 included six fours and as many sixes as he led the Essex cost on a superb batting pitch, earlier than he took two essential wickets in his solely over simply as Sussex had began to discover a foothold of their run-chase.
Defeat sees Sussex squeezed out of high spot by Kent, they usually now face a battle to qualify with a resurgent Surrey discovering type because the group stage enters its last week. Essex’s first win retains their title defence alive mathematically, however they might want to string collectively a collection of wins whereas hoping outcomes elsewhere go their method.
In fact, this has not been the breakthrough summer time that Lawrence had hoped for after his stellar type for England Lions in Australia within the spring, the place he made 493 runs together with 125 in opposition to Australia A on the MCG.
When he left that tour, it appeared like the one query surrounding his impending worldwide debut was the format it could are available, however with Covid-19 disrupting England’s plans, he has largely been relegated to bench duties this summer time. After weeks locked in lodges and carrying drinks, he left the bubble early following the loss of life of his mom, and has struggled for runs again in county cricket, with solely 57 runs in 5 Blast innings earlier than at this time.
And there was no signal from Lawrence’s first few balls of what was to return, as he performed and missed, then supplied a half-chance for a caught-and-bowled within the second over, a wicket maiden by Ollie Robinson which accounted for Cameron Delport. With Adam Wheater absent as a result of household causes, the emphasis was on him to make a worthwhile contribution.
However he was quickly up and working, shimmying down the pitch and over to the off facet to cart the primary ball of Robinson’s second over via broad mid-on for six earlier than skipping right down to whip him over the pavilion at midwicket 4 balls later.