Sky Sports – Ben Stokes’ quick-fire 26 proved in vain as Sussex Sharks eased to a five-wicket victory over Durham Jets at Emirates Riverside to qualify for Vitality Blast Finals Day.

Summary

  • Ben Stokes’ quick-fire 26 proved in vain as Sussex Sharks eased to a five-wicket victory over Durham Jets at Emirates Riverside to qualify for Vitality Blast Finals Day.
  • Stokes, playing as a specialist batsman due to a left knee niggle, struck six fours off his first 13 balls only for spinners Will Beer (2-17) and Danny Briggs (2-19) to restrict Durham to 140-7.
  • In reply, Delray Rawlins’ eye-catching 42 and Laurie Evans’ 63no – his sixth fifty of the campaign – saw Sussex to their target off 18.2 overs in the first Vitality Blast match this summer to feature no sixes.
  • Durham, inspired by Stokes, had raced to 47-1 off 3.
  • Leg-spinner Beer, back in the team after Afghanistan recalled Rashid Khan a game early, struck in his first over as he trapped Stokes lbw as he attempted to reverse sweep to make it 66-2 off seven overs – although replays showed the ball pitched outside leg.


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