Thursday 24 July 2014 

Sussex v Warwickshire, LV= County Championship


Day 4

The final day at Horsham proved to be one of yo-yoing fortunes for Warwickshire after having taken five wickets in the first 70 minutes for the addition of just 40 runs they went to lunch on 10-3 chasing a target of 327.

At the start of the day, both overnight batsmen, Chris Jordan and Luke Wright were quickly dismissed by Patel and Woakes and as the session went on, Sussex found adding quickly to their overnight lead, difficult, adding just 41 runs in 70 minutes as Patel took two more wickets and Rankin one, bringing the declaration on 245-9 leaving Warwickshire a target of 326 to win from a minimum of 77 overs.

With 40 minutes to bat before lunch, Warwickshire’s top order were blown away by a devastating burst from Chris Jordan that saw Varun Chopra edging an attempted drive to Ben Brown and two balls later William Porterfield being trapped at the crease by another full delivery that moved into him.

Jonathan Trott followed for a single to another rapid delivery that moved away and took the edge to Brown before lunch brought a welcome respite.

After lunch it was James Tredwell who took over, while Hatchett had Westwood 17 caught at slip, he dismissed Hain and Clarke in the same over with neither batsmen scoring and when Chris Nash bowled opening bat,  Tim Ambrose for 56, Warwickshire were 99-7

There were no more runs to come Woakes and Patel fell to consecutive Tredwell deliveries before a  run out on the first ball after tea, between Rankin and Barker brought an end to the innings for just 99 from 41.4 overs to leave Sussex victors by 227 runs with over 30 overs to spare.

Sussex took 23 points to Warwickshire’s five and in doing recorded their first double over Warwickshire since 1960

Day 3

Sam Hain 10 went early on the third morning, caught at slip by Chris Jordan off James Tredwell, before Jordan then bowled Tim Ambrose for six, seven overs later.

Jonathan Trott and Rikki Clarke, after having survived a missed stumping chance by Brown off Tredwell, battled through against the second new ball, despite seeing three catches spilled in less than six overs. Trott then completed his century with a glanced four to fine-leg, a reward for a patient innings and some top-class shots.

Trott was to go, to a Ben Brown catch off Magoffin on the stroke of lunch for 106 from 242 deliveries with Warwickshire 247-6, still trailing by 170 on first innings.

After the interval, Clarke 24 edged an attempted drive to Brown off Jordan, while Barker was caught at slip by Jordan from Magoffin’s bowling for nine.

Jeetan Patel and Chris Woakes added 60 for the ninth wicket, until Patel 32, edged Magoffin to Brown. Brown’s sixth catch came when Rankin five nicked Hatchett behind as the innings closed on 333 in the 113th over leaving Sussex with a first innings advantage of 80 runs.

Batting again, Sussex lost Chris Nash one and then after a partnership of 58 with Ed Joyce, Luke Wells drove Patel back to the bowler for 31, before a third wicket partnership of 109 in 23 overs between Joyce 72 and Cachopa 54 looked to be taking Sussex into a huge lead. Rankin then had Joyce caught nicking a leg-side delivery to Ambrose and then four balls later, Cachopa chopped Rankin back into his stumps.

Before the close, Wright and Jordan added 20 in just three overs to help Sussex close the day on 204-4 with an overall lead of 284

Day 2

Ben Brown 48 and James Tredwell 33 batted well on the second morning to add 70 more runs for the eighth wicket before Tredwell was caught at the wicket by Ambrose off Patel. After a further 10-over stand for the ninth wicket, Rankin dismissed both Brown and Hatchett within three balls, to wrap up the Sussex innings for 413 in the 130th over.

In reply Ian Westwood 2, received an almost unplayable delivery from Magoffin that exploded off the pitch and he could only fend it Jordan at slip who took a good catch above head height.

William Porterfield was strangled down the leg-side by Hatchett before Varun Chopra and Jonathan Trott came together and played some well-timed shots, either side of the wicket, as both men completed half centuries on their way to a partnership of 125 before Chopra edged an attempted drive off Hatchett to Ben Brown for 81.

Sam Hain joined Trott 61* and together they saw out the final eight overs of the day to close on 163-3 trailing by 250.

Day 1

It was a good toss to win at Horsham for the home side on what looked to be a good wicket for batting and opening pair Chris Nash and Luke Wells looked to be taking full advantage of the conditions, racing to sixty eight before Rikki Clarke made the first breakthrough for Warwickshire when Wells 35 edged and Tim Ambrose completed a good diving catch.

At lunch Sussex were 99-1, but two quick wickets after the interval from Keith Barker, bowling Joyce for 16 and then trapping Nash lbw for fifty eight, left the home side 120-3 with the Bears looking to press home their advantage.

This was nullified by a partnership of 174 for the fourth wicket either side of the tea interval, between Luke Wright and Sussex debutant, Craig Cachopa with both men reaching their half centuries from the same Rankin over and taking Sussex to tea, after a series of boundaries, on 230-3.

With the new ball taken and Chris Woakes and Keith Barker bowling tightly, Cachopa was caught at slip by Clarke off Woakes for eighty four and five overs later Wright followed, to another edge, this time to Ambrose off Barker for eighty nine.

Keeping the pressure on Sussex, ex-Bear, Steffan Piolet 9, stepped on his wicket, as he played Woakes through mid-wicket and then Chris Jordan’s extravagant attempted pull off Boyd Rankin, was chopped back into his stumps for four, as Sussex closed the opening day on 314-7, having lost four late wickets for the addition of just nineteen runs

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