Lunch report: Sussex v Somerset, day three

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Sussex suffered a disastrous morning as they lost five quick wickets on day three of their Championship clash with Somerset at Hove.

The division one leaders slumped from 25-1 overnight to 72-6 as Luke Gregory made use of favourable bowling conditions on a helpful pitch.

Luke Wells provided some much needed resistance as he made his second consecutive half century to help Sussex reach lunch on 98-6.

Mike Yardy was the first wicket to fall as he was bowled by a ball from Alfonso Thomas which kept a bit low having added five to his overnight score of five.

Rory Hamilton-Brown was pinned lbw for a duck by Lewis Gregory who then had Matt Machan caught behind for ten.

Gregory picked up his third wicket when he uprooted Ben Brown’s stumps for four before Ashar Zaidi’s disappointing start to the season continued when he was controversially given out lbw to Jamie Overton despite the bowler not appealing.

Wells stood firm at the other end and followed up his half century in the second innings at Edgbaston by reaching his 50 off 69 balls with six fours.

The left-hander reached lunch unbeaten on 53 and found good support from Chris Jordan who is not out 5.

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1:23pm Tue 29 Apr 14

fratsomrover says...

How disappointing !!
Can someone inform me what Michael Yardy brings to the team.
Why is he preferred to Wright, Prior, Nash etc.
Today was his 6th successive failure.
He has amassed a total of 71 runs in 6 innings going in at No.3.
He no longer bowls, so I presume he's picked for his batting. ???
Surely we have someone better ?
How disappointing !! Can someone inform me what Michael Yardy brings to the team. Why is he preferred to Wright, Prior, Nash etc. Today was his 6th successive failure. He has amassed a total of 71 runs in 6 innings going in at No.3. He no longer bowls, so I presume he's picked for his batting. ??? Surely we have someone better ? fratsomrover
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1:27pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Weploughandmow says...

Fair point re. Yardy. I'm a massive fan and it's tough to drop a player in his benefit season, but you can't pick a team on sentiment and have to ask the question whether someone else is going to get more runs.
Fair point re. Yardy. I'm a massive fan and it's tough to drop a player in his benefit season, but you can't pick a team on sentiment and have to ask the question whether someone else is going to get more runs. Weploughandmow
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1:29pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Neville says...

Our really weak batting line up exposed.With exception of Joyce and perhaps Wells there is no spine to the batting,Yardy is picked as it's his testimonial year I guess but his batting along with Zaidi,Brown and Rhb is awful.We really needed to strenghten the top order with a quality batsmen.Who on earth is our batting coach is it still Lenham?
Our really weak batting line up exposed.With exception of Joyce and perhaps Wells there is no spine to the batting,Yardy is picked as it's his testimonial year I guess but his batting along with Zaidi,Brown and Rhb is awful.We really needed to strenghten the top order with a quality batsmen.Who on earth is our batting coach is it still Lenham? Neville
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1:35pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Weploughandmow says...

If Wright and Prior are fit then it's ludicrous them not being in the side. It'd be like omitting Chris Jordan. Play your strongest eleven every game, surely?
If Wright and Prior are fit then it's ludicrous them not being in the side. It'd be like omitting Chris Jordan. Play your strongest eleven every game, surely? Weploughandmow
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2:43pm Tue 29 Apr 14

claud59music says...

fratsomrover wrote:
How disappointing !!
Can someone inform me what Michael Yardy brings to the team.
Why is he preferred to Wright, Prior, Nash etc.
Today was his 6th successive failure.
He has amassed a total of 71 runs in 6 innings going in at No.3.
He no longer bowls, so I presume he's picked for his batting. ???
Surely we have someone better ?
Originally Prior and Luke were suffering slight injuries and, I assume, Nash is still recovering from illness. Sussex's excellent bwlers have tended to mask the fact that when Joyce fails the rest of the batting is very fragile. I was amazed that RHB was retained as he was very poor last season and batting Zaidi at number 6 has failed miseraby. Hopefully when the first choice trio are fit the batting lineup will look mch stronger.
[quote][p][bold]fratsomrover[/bold] wrote: How disappointing !! Can someone inform me what Michael Yardy brings to the team. Why is he preferred to Wright, Prior, Nash etc. Today was his 6th successive failure. He has amassed a total of 71 runs in 6 innings going in at No.3. He no longer bowls, so I presume he's picked for his batting. ??? Surely we have someone better ?[/p][/quote]Originally Prior and Luke were suffering slight injuries and, I assume, Nash is still recovering from illness. Sussex's excellent bwlers have tended to mask the fact that when Joyce fails the rest of the batting is very fragile. I was amazed that RHB was retained as he was very poor last season and batting Zaidi at number 6 has failed miseraby. Hopefully when the first choice trio are fit the batting lineup will look mch stronger. claud59music
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3:57pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Old Scrote of the Amex says...

fratsomrover wrote:
How disappointing !!
Can someone inform me what Michael Yardy brings to the team.
Why is he preferred to Wright, Prior, Nash etc.
Today was his 6th successive failure.
He has amassed a total of 71 runs in 6 innings going in at No.3.
He no longer bowls, so I presume he's picked for his batting. ???
Surely we have someone better ?
I think Yardy is on borrowed time and may be dropped despite his benefit season.

If memory serves from what I've read recently, Prior is still injured, Nash is a month away from fitness and Robbo wants Wright to have some 2nd XI cricket before he returns. However, with this game going the way it is I think he is a shoo-in for the next match, in any one of about 8 places up for grabs.

Still, we've done well in the last two games so...
[quote][p][bold]fratsomrover[/bold] wrote: How disappointing !! Can someone inform me what Michael Yardy brings to the team. Why is he preferred to Wright, Prior, Nash etc. Today was his 6th successive failure. He has amassed a total of 71 runs in 6 innings going in at No.3. He no longer bowls, so I presume he's picked for his batting. ??? Surely we have someone better ?[/p][/quote]I think Yardy is on borrowed time and may be dropped despite his benefit season. If memory serves from what I've read recently, Prior is still injured, Nash is a month away from fitness and Robbo wants Wright to have some 2nd XI cricket before he returns. However, with this game going the way it is I think he is a shoo-in for the next match, in any one of about 8 places up for grabs. Still, we've done well in the last two games so... Old Scrote of the Amex
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