A hundred from Luke Wright helped Sussex maintain their unbeaten record in Clydesdale Bank 40 Group C as they eased to a four-wicket win over Yorkshire.
Wright, who played the last of his 46 ODIs in Sri Lanka in March 2011, was back to his best against a Yorkshire attack who never looked like defending a total of 238 after Sussex had thrashed 51 in the first five overs of their reply.
Ed Joyce went early, caught in the covers in the second over, but Chris Nash and Wright blazed away in a stand of 49 off 31 balls before Nash, who had struck eight boundaries in his 31-ball 44, was run out when Mitchell Starc deflected Wright’s straight drive onto the stumps.
The out-of-form Murray Goodwin, who has only scored 68 runs in 10 innings this season, went cheaply but Wright maintained the tempo with Joe Gatting in a fourth-wicket stand of 90 in 14.1 overs as the pair matched each other shot for shot.
It was a night to forget for the Yorkshire seamers and in particular Australian Starc, whose first over was hit for 21 and who finished with no wicket for 71 from his eight overs. Yorkshire lost their last five wickets for 11 runs in 17 balls, and had to settle for 238 for nine when a total in excess of 270 looked possible.
Sheffield’s Joe Root played well for 46 off 36 balls, sharing a stand of 65 in nine overs with Anthony McGrath.