Stoinis ton helps Aussies set 278 target

Richard Hookham
Marcus Stoinis celebrates his impressive century during Australia's victory over county side Sussex

A brilliant century from Marcus Stoinis has helped Australia set a target of 278 to win in their one-day tour tune-up against English county side Sussex.

The WA allrounder stroked a classy 110 from 112 balls and held the innings together after the tourists suffered a mid-order slump following a flying start at Hove.

Stoinis, 28, was backed up by a brutal 78 from vice-captain Aaron Finch, who smacked a swashbuckling 78 including nine fours and one six in his 120-minute, 97-ball cameo.

Put into bat after the hosts won the toss, openers Finch and debutant D'Arcy Short piled into the Sussex attack. But the hosts turned to spin to curb the onslaught and it paid dividends when clever left-hand turner Danny Briggs trapped rookie Short lbw in his first over with the score on 74.

Short would have been disappointed that his promising 42-minute knock ended on 21 from 27 balls just as he was hitting a decent rhythm.

Finch, though, continued largely untroubled as he racked up his half-century in 54 deliveries with the score on 1-85, including eight boundaries.

The burly Victorian has averaged just shy of 70 in ODIs, and he looked in great nick for the tour in what at times looked like a glorified net session.

But when he was finally dismissed - caught behind attempting a pull shot off Jofra Archer - Australia's middle order went missing.

First Glen Maxwell fell after just a single before Travis Head was out for just a run more. When skipper Tim Paine was caught and bowled by Luke Wells the tourists had lost four wickets for 13 runs in 31 balls.

Ashton Agar helped stopped the rot as he chipped in with 21 but he was run out with a direct hit from Archer before Michael Neser (2) to Chris Jordan.

Stoinis finally holed out at long-off to end his 144-minute innings but Jhye Richardson (11) and Andrew Tye (13 not out) added some lusty blows to take Australia to 9-277.