Rudolph leads from the front

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A ton from Yorkshire skipper Jacques Rudolph helped the Tykes to only their fourth Clydesdale Bank 40 win of the season when they beat Sussex by 35 runs on Sunday.

A ton from Yorkshire skipper Jacques Rudolph helped the Tykes to only their fourth Clydesdale Bank 40 win of the season when they beat Sussex by 35 runs on Sunday.

With regular captain Andrew Gale ruled out of the remainder of the season by injury, Rudolph took charge of a Yorkshire outfit who have struggled to hit the heights of last season.

Batting first, the South African showed little respect for the table-topping Sussex bowling attack, smashing an unbeaten 132 off 112 balls.

The left-hander was given good support by Adam Lyth (73) as the pair put on an opening stand of 142 in a shade over 21 overs.

Jonny Bairstow celebrated his maiden England call-up by smashing 52 from 45 deliveries as Yorkshire maintained their quickfire pace, notching up 302 in their allotted 40 overs.

The Sharks' response was hammered by the consistent loss of wickets as many in the top order got starts only to fall when they needed to push on.

Having seen Rudolph do his bit, Sussex skipper Michael Yardy rallied his troops with 53 off 42 before he was bowled by Adil Rashid.

Rashid would return to scupper the visitor's hopes once more when he had Wayne Parnell (47) caught behind.

The wicket brought to an end a 67-run stand between Parnell and Ben Brown (60) that had come in just 45 balls.

The remainder of the lower-order was unable to provide Brown with the required support and with the pressure building, the 'keeper was run out in the 37th over with the Sharks 35 runs short.

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