FL t20: Essex ease to win over Sussex
Friends Life t20, South Group, Chelmsford
Essex 172-4 (19.2 overs) beat Sussex 171-9 (20 overs) by six wickets
Ryan ten Doeschate's quickfire 42 from 26 balls saw Essex to a six-wicket win over Sussex in the FL t20.
Matt Machan's 57 helped Sussex set a competitive 171-9, including 12 penalty runs for Essex's slow over rate, with Shaun Tait taking four wickets.
Essex lost opening pair Greg Smith and Hamish Rutherford early in their reply to the bowling of seamer Chris Jordan.
But Owais Shah's 40 and Ravi Bopara's 35 helped the home side close out the win with four balls remaining.
England international Bopara was deemed fit enough to bat after struggling with a side strain, but was unable to bowl.
Sussex still have just one win in the South Group, while Essex were able to recover from their lowest ever Twenty20 score in Friday's defeat by Middlesex.