NEW DELHI: Sussex lost their opening match in the Champions League, as New South Wales recorded a comfortable 35-run victory Sunday.
The Australian team batted first and despite a difficult, slow pitch with variable bounce, they made 130-2.
Phil Hughes hit an assured 62 from 64 balls and shared an unbroken 90 with Moises Henriques who hit three fours and two sixes in 51 from 33 deliveries.
Sussex lost acting skipper Ed Joyce first ball in the opening over and could only muster 95-8.
The Australia side secured their place in the second round with their second victory, following a 53-run rout of Eagles.
Sussex, who now have to beat Eagles in their final group match on Tuesday, were without several key players.
In the second game, Virender Sehwag and Dinesh Karthik both hit half-centuries as the Delhi Daredevils claimed a 50-run win over Sri Lanka’s Wayamba XI to keep their hopes of winning the trophy alive.
Sehwag’s 66 off 42 deliveries, followed by Karthik’s 61 off 41 deliveries – including three consecutive sixes off Ajantha Mendis – helped their side to a total of 170-5.
Dirk Nannes claimed four wickets and Glenn McGrath weighed in with two more for Delhi as Wayamba could only reach 120-7 off their 20 overs, Mahela Jayawardene the only batsman to put up a serious fight with a knock of 53.