Batsmen stand firm to ease Sussex to a draw

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Sussex’s batting stood firm to secure a draw on the final day of their County Championship clash with Yorkshire at Arundel Castle.

Yorkshire were only able to pick up three of the ten wickets they needed to set up the chance of victory before the two teams shook hands 50 minutes after tea.

Luke Wells led the Sussex resistance as he batted for more than four and a half hours while there were also good contributions from Chris Nash and Rory Hamilton-Brown.

All three made half centuries as Sussex reached 228-3 – a lead of 74 - when the sides called it a day with no prospect of a positive result.

Yorkshire went joint top of division one courtesy of the ten points they picked up from the game while Sussex remain sixth having pocketed ninth.

The visitors required an early breakthrough to stand any chance of pushing for their fourth win of the season on such a slow and low wicket.

Nash and Wells ensured that did not happen as they took their partnership from 21 overnight to 66 before Nash succumbed to the spin of Azeem Rafiq for 53.

Wells was then dropped by wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow on 19 and that proved a significant moment as the opener went on to make 81 in a marathon 246-ball innings.

The left-hander put on 110 with Hamilton-Brown either side of lunch to virtually end Yorkshire’s hopes.

Hamilton-Brown made a season’s best score of 62 before he was caught at leg gully to give part-time spinner Adam Lyth a rare wicket.

Lyth also removed Wells as he attempted to push on for a first century of the season but Matt Machan (13no) and Luke Wright (11no) were comfortably able to see the game out with little cause for alarm.

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5:15pm Thu 19 Jun 14

her professional says...

Well done Sussex batsmen, no way did Yorks deserve a win after their glacial scoring rate over the best part of two days. Two must wins coming up.
Well done Sussex batsmen, no way did Yorks deserve a win after their glacial scoring rate over the best part of two days. Two must wins coming up. her professional
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8:47pm Thu 19 Jun 14

MikeTheMan says...

Yes, we got a draw easily and the batting was much better and more determined today. Let's hope we can carry that forward because we need a couple of wins. It was a very poor match and that was due to the pitch.

It was very slow and totally lifeless and there was nothing in it for either the batsmen or the bowlers. In 4 days of cricket only just over 1,000 runs were scored and only 23 wickets were lost. To say that it was attritional cricket is putting it politely. The chance of a genuine result on that pitch were zero.

Arundel is one of the most superb places in the world to watch and play cricket but it makes no sense at all for Sussex to play Championship matches at Arundel if they are going to produce pitches like that one. That's the sort of pitch that kills 4 day cricket and the pitch inspectors should clamp down on such pitches.
Yes, we got a draw easily and the batting was much better and more determined today. Let's hope we can carry that forward because we need a couple of wins. It was a very poor match and that was due to the pitch. It was very slow and totally lifeless and there was nothing in it for either the batsmen or the bowlers. In 4 days of cricket only just over 1,000 runs were scored and only 23 wickets were lost. To say that it was attritional cricket is putting it politely. The chance of a genuine result on that pitch were zero. Arundel is one of the most superb places in the world to watch and play cricket but it makes no sense at all for Sussex to play Championship matches at Arundel if they are going to produce pitches like that one. That's the sort of pitch that kills 4 day cricket and the pitch inspectors should clamp down on such pitches. MikeTheMan
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9:25pm Thu 19 Jun 14

MikeTheMan says...

Oops, actually just over 1,000 runs scored and in fact only 20 wickets lost!
Oops, actually just over 1,000 runs scored and in fact only 20 wickets lost! MikeTheMan
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