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Sussex thrash Somerset to go top
Sussex completed an emphatic victory over Somerset at Horsham to go top of division one of the County Championship.
Sussex wrapped up an innings and 116-run victory shortly after lunch to bring a thoroughly one-sided contest to an end inside two days.
Steve Magoffin followed up his stunning display with the ball in the first innings with 4-11 in the second to claim career best match figures of 12-31.
James Anyon chipped in with three wickets and Chris Jordan two as Somerset folded for the second time in the match as they were bowled out for 108.
Sussex claimed 22 points for the match to replace Middlesex on top of the table and extend their unbeaten start to the season to five games.
The morning was uneventful in comparison to yesterday when Somerset were bowled out for just 76 before lunch.
Seven wickets still fell for 75 as Somerset produced another inept batting display in the face of some fine bowling by the Sussex seam trio.
Sussex started the day by scoring the two runs they needed to reach 300 and collect a third batting point.
Alfonso Thomas dismissed Steve Magoffin for 23 with the final ball of the first over to finish with figures of 5-69.
Somerset began their second innings with a deficit of 224 needing to show far more resolve if they had any designs on saving the game.
Those hopes did not last long as wickets began to tumble at regular intervals to raise the prospect of Sussex wrapping up the game within four sessions.
Magoffin made the initial breakthrough by having Marcus Trescothick caught behind for 13. It was the Aussie’s ninth wicket of the match but he was taken off shortly afterwards to rest a sore knee.
That left Jimmy Anyon and Chris Jordan to run through the Somerset batting with Anyon picking up his first scalps of the match as he removed Alviro Peterson, James Hildreth and Arul Suppiah for the addition of just 15 runs.
Peterson was squared up and looped a catch off a leading edge to Joe Gatting at point having made just one, Hildreth was trapped lbw and Suppiah recklessly skied a catch to Monty Panesar at mid on.
Jordan then got in on the act as he had Alex Barrow lbw and then Peter Trego was caught behind courtesy of a superb diving catch by Ben Brown.
A brief shower during the lunch interval delayed the inevitable but Sussex quickly wrapped things up once play got underway again.
Jos Buttler smashed Monty Panesar for a six and two fours in his first over of the match but he got his revenge in the next over when he reverse-swept the England spinner straight to Matt Machan at backward square leg. Buttler’s knock of 29 was the top score for Somerset in either innings which summed up their performance.
Magoffin completed only his second ten-wicket haul of his career when he had Thomas caught at short leg for a second ball duck.
There was still more to come for the Aussie though as Jack Leach edged to Jordan at first slip having made two and then had Steve Kirby caught brilliantly by Brown for a duck.
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