Somerset close in on victory against Sussex

First published in Sport

Sussex slipped closer to defeat after being bowled out for 178 just before tea at Taunton on the third day of their County Championship clash.

It left Somerset requiring just 104 to win and complete an emphatic double over Sussex this season. With 39 overs left in the day there is a chance they could wrap it up with a day to spare.

After the top order was blown away by Alfonso Thomas in the morning it was always going to be a tall order for Sussex to turn the game around.

Ben Brown and Luke Wright briefly threatened to get the visitors back in the game as they put on 71 for the sixth wicket.

But when Brown was superbly caught by Alviro Petersen on 35 followed quickly by Wright and Luke Wells – batting with a runner - the chances of a sensational turnaround receded sharply.

Steffan Piolet and Will Beer frustrated Somerset by adding 56 for the ninth wicket before Piolet was caught by Marcus Trescothick at short leg off the bowling of George Dockerell having made 30.

Dockerell also removed Beer for 29 meaning Sussex’s lead was just 103. They will require some heroics from Magoffin to avoid only a second defeat of the season in division one.

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4:12pm Tue 10 Jun 14

claud59music says...

And the worst thing about this abject performance is that Sussex have no Plan B. Lack of business in the close season means we are stuck with what we have. Plenty of bowlers but, Joyce apart, no batsmen willing to knuckle down and prove their worth to the side.
And the worst thing about this abject performance is that Sussex have no Plan B. Lack of business in the close season means we are stuck with what we have. Plenty of bowlers but, Joyce apart, no batsmen willing to knuckle down and prove their worth to the side. claud59music
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5:29pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Neville says...

No way a championship challenging side,too many consistently poor performances and only about three quality players,no strengthening in the winter as no doubt manager Robinson too preoccupied with trying to line up the England job.
We are on a losing roll and our T20 performances resembling last years fiasco.
As said just no plan B and out of form players constantly picked.
No way a championship challenging side,too many consistently poor performances and only about three quality players,no strengthening in the winter as no doubt manager Robinson too preoccupied with trying to line up the England job. We are on a losing roll and our T20 performances resembling last years fiasco. As said just no plan B and out of form players constantly picked. Neville
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5:53pm Tue 10 Jun 14

MikeTheMan says...

A truly pathetic performance and let's not have people trying to say it was anything else. Only Joyce (only Sussex score above 35) and Magoffin (7 of the 14 wickets we got) did anything useful at all in that match. Yet another abysmal effort by our so-called batsmen. 33-0 to 33-5 on a good pitch!!! RHB (1 and a first-ball 0 in this match, poor last season, worse this, batting average 16 - which is the lowest of ALL the 11 Sussex players in this match!) has to be dropped. Permanently. Machan (6 matches, top score 44*, average just 25) and Wells (6 and 2 in this match, average just 27) both need to be dropped. Nash needs to be told to get some runs (and stop saying we're going to be hard to beat - ha, ha) or be dropped. Beer (13 overs, 0-96 in the match, the only decision for the batsman is whether to hit him for 4 or 6) made his debut in 2008, has never been good enough for county cricket and never will be and goodness knows why Robbo thinks he is good enough but he needs to be dropped. Permanently. Anyon has played 7 matches but only taken 16 wickets at 44 each - nowhere near good enough for a strike bowler. I don't know how good the second eleven players are but we are looking a very poor team at the moment and we need to make significant changes. Get a couple of good club players in - after all nobody can do much worse than score 1 and 0 or 6 and 2 on a good pitch. You can try to look for positives but our terrific performances in the first two matches are a world away now and we really do look like serious relegation candidates now. 33-0 to 33-5 on a good pitch indeed!
A truly pathetic performance and let's not have people trying to say it was anything else. Only Joyce (only Sussex score above 35) and Magoffin (7 of the 14 wickets we got) did anything useful at all in that match. Yet another abysmal effort by our so-called batsmen. 33-0 to 33-5 on a good pitch!!! RHB (1 and a first-ball 0 in this match, poor last season, worse this, batting average 16 - which is the lowest of ALL the 11 Sussex players in this match!) has to be dropped. Permanently. Machan (6 matches, top score 44*, average just 25) and Wells (6 and 2 in this match, average just 27) both need to be dropped. Nash needs to be told to get some runs (and stop saying we're going to be hard to beat - ha, ha) or be dropped. Beer (13 overs, 0-96 in the match, the only decision for the batsman is whether to hit him for 4 or 6) made his debut in 2008, has never been good enough for county cricket and never will be and goodness knows why Robbo thinks he is good enough but he needs to be dropped. Permanently. Anyon has played 7 matches but only taken 16 wickets at 44 each - nowhere near good enough for a strike bowler. I don't know how good the second eleven players are but we are looking a very poor team at the moment and we need to make significant changes. Get a couple of good club players in - after all nobody can do much worse than score 1 and 0 or 6 and 2 on a good pitch. You can try to look for positives but our terrific performances in the first two matches are a world away now and we really do look like serious relegation candidates now. 33-0 to 33-5 on a good pitch indeed! MikeTheMan
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7:49pm Tue 10 Jun 14

psb196 says...

Mike has said it all. Maybe now people will stop wittering on about Sussex winning the league and claiming we have been unlucky. Sure, if we had Jordan and Prior, but we haven't, like Lancs don't have Anderson and Yorkshire don't have Root etc

Two out of Sussex, Northants and Lancs for the drop. Sussex breezed into relegation in 2009 thinking they were too good. The same will be true this season.
Mike has said it all. Maybe now people will stop wittering on about Sussex winning the league and claiming we have been unlucky. Sure, if we had Jordan and Prior, but we haven't, like Lancs don't have Anderson and Yorkshire don't have Root etc Two out of Sussex, Northants and Lancs for the drop. Sussex breezed into relegation in 2009 thinking they were too good. The same will be true this season. psb196
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