Six-hitting Napier leave Sussex high

Published: Wednesday, June 25, 2008, 11:37 [IST]
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London: Essex all-rounder Graham Napier struck a new Twenty20 world record 16 sixes in an innings on his way to 58-ball 152* as Sussex were thrashed by 128 runs in a T20 Cup tie for South Div at Chelmsford here Wednesday.

Napier's 58-ball knock, which also featured 10 fours, was a record score for England's domestic Twenty20 Cup.

It was second only to New Zealander Brendon McCullum's unbeaten 158 in all Twenty20 cricket.

The 28-year-old Essex-born Napier's innings helped his side to 242 for three, a target which proved beyond Sussex who were bowled out for 114.

"It was awesome, fantastic," Napier told Sky Sports. "I just started to see the ball better, middled one or two and then got into a rhythm."

Brief Scores:

Essex 242/3 in 20 (Graham Napier 152 n o, Jamie Foster 48; Martin Jenkins 1/17) beat Sussex 114 all out in 16.4 overs (Murry Goodwin 23, Dwayne Smith 21; Middlebrook 3/13, M Chambers 3/31, Danish Kaneria 2/8) by 129 runs.


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