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Yorkshire out after last-ball defeat to Sussex
Yorkshire’s chances of winning the Clydesdale Bank 40 are over.
The Tykes can no longer make the semi-finals of the competition after dramatically being beaten by Sussex today.
In a match which was shortened to 28 overs a side by the weather, Yorkshire lost by three wickets in a final-ball finish.
Amjad Khan was the hero for the visitors, hitting 15 of the required 16 runs that Sussex needed off Azeem Rafiq’s final over of the match.
The defeat leaves Yorkshire fifth in group C – meaning there is no chance that they can either catch Sussex at the top or finish as the best runner-up.
This result also gives the Sharks the psychological edge ahead of the two counties’ clash at twenty20 finals day in Cardiff on Saturday.
There was little evidence that there would be so much late drama at the halfway stage of the match, with Yorkshire in control as they posted 200-8. Captain Andrew Gale top-scored with 43, with Joe Root making 41.
However, Chris Nash and Ed Joyce then got the Sussex chase off to a good start with half-centuries, before Khan finished the job to reach a target of 207 thanks to the Duckworth-Lewis rule.
Needing 27 off the last two overs, he helped the Sharks hit Tim Bresnan for 11 runs off the penultimate six deliveries. A six and a four off the first two balls of the last over then helped see his side home.