SUSSEX Sharks hit a massive 399-4 - a new world record for an A List 40 over game - as they put one foot in the CB40 semi-finals with victory over Worcestershire Royals at Horsham on Sunday.
A massive 210-run first wicket stand between Ed Joyce (120) and Joe Gatting (122), a new club record, and then a breezy 70 from 52 balls from Lou Vincent helped Sharks get to their run-a-ball total in front of a capacity crowd at Cricketfield Road.
Both Joyce and Gatting though were out scored by a blistering career best 158 from Royals Moeen Ali, who was dropped on 2, as Worcs remarkably stayed ahead of the required run-rate for much of their innings before some quick wickets saw them all out for 319 in 35 overs.
Sharks’ 80-run victory was their eighth in succession in the competition to keep them top of Group A and close to securing a semi-final place.
For a full report, pictures and reaction from the whole of Horsham’s Festival of Cricket pick up your copy of the West Sussex County Times, out this Thursday.