Delray Rawlins and Sussex nab first Finals Day place
Delray Rawlins, just off the high of being a part of the squad that won the inaugural Hundred competition, was back at his county club to help Sussex become the first to reach Finals Day of the Vitality Blast.
Rawlins, in his first competitive innings for exactly a month, hit a crucial 27 as Sussex overhauled Yorkshire to win by five wickets this afternoon.
The Bermuda all-rounder hit a six and two fours in his 20-ball innings, which ended when he was bowled by seamer Matthew Fisher, with Sussex still 43 runs shy of the imposing 178-run target.
But the star of the show was Rashid Khan, whose 27 off nine balls got Sussex over the line in an exciting fashion.
The Afghanistan ace hit sixes in the seventeenth and eighteenth overs, then smashed England bowler David Willey for three successive fours, as he and Chris Jordan (seven not out) got the Sharks over the line.
Earlier, Yorkshire enjoyed the best of the batting conditions at Chester-le-Street, with Gary Ballance making 55 from 39 balls. Opener Tom Kohler-Cadmore also made 55, from 49 balls.
Tymal Mills, who starred so spectacularly for Southern Brave in The Hundred final against Birmingham Phoenix, was at it again in taking three for 39 from four overs. The most economical was leg spinner Rashid Khan, whose allotted spell went for only 25 runs for the benefit of one wicket.
Sussex captain Luke Wright and Phil Salt got the reply off to a sound start, adding 72 in 8.3 overs.
Salt was first to go for 27. Wright carried on to reach his fifty but was unable to go on, bowled by Adil Rashid for 54.
Rawlins was in at No 4 and combined well with Wright and then David Wiese before turning the heroics over to Khan and Jordan.
In the other quarter-finals, Nottinghamshire face Hampshire today, followed by Somerset against Lancashire tomorrow and Kent v Birmingham Bears on Friday.