Ben Brown believes Sussex did well to adjust to alien conditions and get their Caribbean T20 campaign off to a winning start. Brown top-scored with a run-a-ball 42 as the Sharks defeated the Netherlands by 34 runs in Antigua.
On a slow, low pitch at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Sussex targeted 140 after winning the toss but had to settle for 125 for 9, with Brown and Chris Nash figuring in the most productive partnership of the innings with 38 for the fourth wicket.
In the end it proved more than enough. Amjad Khan bowled with hostility with the new ball on his Sussex debut in the t20 format and the spinners – Mike Yardy, Chris Nash and Will Beer – took four wickets between them as Sussex strangled the reply in mid-innings. The Netherlands were bowled out for 94 despite 45 from Peter Borren, with Naveed Arif taking 3 for 12.
Brown said: “It was a tough wicket – low and slow – and we thought 140 would be a good score. All winter we have been practicing hitting the ball a long way so it was a bit of a shock to have to come here and adapt but I thought we did well in the end.
“Nashy and I managed to get a partnership going, then Amjad bowled quickly up top and the spinners did a great job. I think we can get better as the tournament progresses but it was good to start with a victory.”
Sussex are back in action again on Thursday January 12 when they face Jamaica.