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Hampshire claim bragging rights

Hampshire claimed their first victory of this season's NatWest T20 Blast with an 18-run win over local rivals Sussex at Hove.

James Vince top-scored for the visitors with 52, but there were also useful contributions from Adam Wheater and Sean Ervine as Hampshire posted 177 for five.

Ed Joyce's 56 gave Sussex some hope in reply, but Will Smith and Chris Wood claimed two wickets apiece to hand the Sharks their first defeat of the campaign.

Hampshire won the toss and decided to bat and got off to a brisk start, but Jimmy Adams was the first man to fall in the fourth over.

Adams had been moved up the order with Michael Carberry on England duty, but went for 19 as he top-edged Chris Liddle to Rory Hamilton-Brown, with the ball seemingly taking an age to come down.

Vince was making all the running and it was not too long before he brought up his 50 with a six off Michael Yardy.

The Sharks then managed to stem the rate a little and Vince fell for 52 off 30 balls as he pulled Steffan Piolet to Matt Machan, who took a smart catch in the deep.

That brought debutant Owais Shah to the crease, but Wheater (34) was the man keeping the score ticking over before he slapped Yardy straight to Joyce at extra cover.

Shah survived a stumping appeal shortly after as he tried to open up his shoulders, but Ervine had no such trouble when he launched a huge six which saw the ball replaced.

Yasir Arafat had been held back for the death by Joyce and that proved an astute tactic as the bowler removed both Ervine (38) and Matt Coles for a duck in the 19th over.

Shah finished on 17 not out off 22 balls.

The Sussex reply got off to a poor start when Machan (six) found Brad Taylor, making his Twenty20 debut for Hampshire, at mid-on off Chris Wood, who was making his first appearance of the season after injury.

Luke Wright (23) was next to go as he skied Kyle Abbott to Adams, but Joyce and Hamilton-Brown steadied the ship with a 58 partnership for the third wicket.

Smith ended their effort when he bowled Hamilton-Brown for 34 and he also removed Ben Brown (19) in the 16th over.

Joyce brought up his 50 with a four two overs later and Sussex needed 29 runs from the last two overs but the skipper fell for 56 as he was bowled by Wood and Hampshire closed out the win.