Cricket: Goodwin Fireworks Destroy Middlesex

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Sussex beat Middlesex by nine wickets after dismissing the hosts for their lowest total in the Twenty20 Cup at Richmond.

Zimbabwean Murray Goodwin was unbeaten on 67 from 43 balls with 11 fours and a six, as Sussex overhauled their target with 7.2 overs to spare to inflict a fourth straight defeat on Middlesex, who now only have a remote chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals.

Yasir Arafat, Mushtaq Ahmed, Mike Yardy and Luke Wright took two wickets each as Middlesex, who lost seven wickets for 30 in seven overs at one stage, collapsed to 108 all out. Wicketkeeper Matt Prior took five catches.

Scott Styris top-scored with 24 and Ben Scott made 19 at the end of the Middlesex innings to take them past three figures but their total was never going to be enough and Sussex won at a canter.

In Sussex's reply, Prior was leg before to a Chris Silver-wood full toss but Goodwin was untroubled and finished the game off with a flurry of shots in the 13th over.

Silverwood did have the small consolation of bowling Middlesex's only maiden in the history of the competition. …