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Sussex cling on but defeat looks inevitable

Durham claimed the extra half hour in a bid to force a three-day win at home to Sussex, but after taking the ninth wicket in the first of the eight overs they were denied by James Tredwell and Lewis Hatchett.

More impressive bowling by Ben Stokes helped Durham to close in on their second successive championship win before John Hastings hastened Sussex's capitulation by grabbing four wickets.

Bad light brought an early tea, at which point Durham declared to set Sussex a target of 491. But what became a 46-over evening session was played in bright conditions and Sussex moved easily enough to 30 before Stokes knocked over the top three to complete his first 10-wicket match haul.

After Durham resumed on 105 for one, Keaton Jennings made 103 and Scott Borthwick 95 as they extended their stand to 200.

They added 116 before a brief shower arrived eight minutes before lunch with Borthwick the dominant partner after spending an hour over his first four runs the previous evening.

Having resumed on 46, Jennings coped comfortably with Jon Lewis's in-swing and drove a wide half volley through extra cover to reach 50 off 117 balls.

But when the bowlers started to concentrate on moving the ball away from him he failed to connect with several drives and was lucky not to get an edge.

Borthwick drove Lewis Hatchett wide of mid-on to complete his 50 off 121 balls and later hit Steffan Piolet for three fours in an over. He finally edged a good ball from the deserving Magoffin to second slip.

Jennings also edged to Tredwell when he attempted to cut Hatchett four balls after completing his hundred off 215 balls by clipping the same bowler behind square for his 13th four.

After catching the top three, Tredwell took the next two wickets.

Stokes smashed 31 off 25 balls before he tried to pull a ball which kept low and bottom-edged into his stumps. Then Paul Collingwood edged to slip before Michael Richardson and Gordon Muchall put on 58 in 12 overs prior to the declaration.

Chris Nash and Luke Wells began Sussex's second innings comfortably, but in Stokes' second over Wells edged low to Phil Mustard, who deflected the ball to Borthwick at second slip. For the unfortunate Wells it was identical to his first innings dismissal.

Nash edged a brutal lifter to Mustard, who clung on at head height, then in his next over Stokes had Rory Hamilton-Brown lbw and after five overs he had figures of three for 10.

He kept going for a further seven overs and returned for two more at the end but there was no more reward.

Hastings had Ben Brown caught by Borthwick before Piolet fell lbw, Luke Wright pulled a catch straight to deep square leg and Magoffin edged an airy drive to Mustard.

In the first of the additional eight overs Jon Lewis edged Chris Rushworth behind, but Tredwell reached 41 at the close with Hatchett on four.

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8:35am Wed 25 Jun 14

claud59music says...

And nobody has bothered to write any comments on another pitiful day for Sussex. Have we all given up hope? Well yes actually.
And nobody has bothered to write any comments on another pitiful day for Sussex. Have we all given up hope? Well yes actually. claud59music
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10:42am Wed 25 Jun 14

MikeTheMan says...

Claud59music - see my 3 lengthy comments (and others) on the "Stokes exposes Sussex's frailties" thread. Really there's no more to say - it was indeed truly pitiful. Clearly we were never going to get close to 492 to win the match but I did expect a decent effort and some genuine fight. 173-9 on a pitch on which Durham scored a total of 696-16 is laughably awful. The fact that Tredwell was comfortably the top scorer tells you all you need to know about a collection of people collecting money by pretending they can bat.
Claud59music - see my 3 lengthy comments (and others) on the "Stokes exposes Sussex's frailties" thread. Really there's no more to say - it was indeed truly pitiful. Clearly we were never going to get close to 492 to win the match but I did expect a decent effort and some genuine fight. 173-9 on a pitch on which Durham scored a total of 696-16 is laughably awful. The fact that Tredwell was comfortably the top scorer tells you all you need to know about a collection of people collecting money by pretending they can bat. MikeTheMan
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10:50am Wed 25 Jun 14

claud59music says...

MikeTheMan wrote:
Claud59music - see my 3 lengthy comments (and others) on the "Stokes exposes Sussex's frailties" thread. Really there's no more to say - it was indeed truly pitiful. Clearly we were never going to get close to 492 to win the match but I did expect a decent effort and some genuine fight. 173-9 on a pitch on which Durham scored a total of 696-16 is laughably awful. The fact that Tredwell was comfortably the top scorer tells you all you need to know about a collection of people collecting money by pretending they can bat.
I did not scroll far enough down the page to catch these comments but it seems we are singing from the same hymnbook. Is the cupboard so bare that this is the best XI we can field. Totally inept!
[quote][p][bold]MikeTheMan[/bold] wrote: Claud59music - see my 3 lengthy comments (and others) on the "Stokes exposes Sussex's frailties" thread. Really there's no more to say - it was indeed truly pitiful. Clearly we were never going to get close to 492 to win the match but I did expect a decent effort and some genuine fight. 173-9 on a pitch on which Durham scored a total of 696-16 is laughably awful. The fact that Tredwell was comfortably the top scorer tells you all you need to know about a collection of people collecting money by pretending they can bat.[/p][/quote]I did not scroll far enough down the page to catch these comments but it seems we are singing from the same hymnbook. Is the cupboard so bare that this is the best XI we can field. Totally inept! claud59music
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10:59am Wed 25 Jun 14

no balls says...

Sussex do have 11 players of Division 1 standard. However with Test duties and injuries the weakness of the squad is exposed. By the end of today I think we will be 2 points above the relegation zone .If we do not turn things round soon it looks like Division 2 next season.
Sussex do have 11 players of Division 1 standard. However with Test duties and injuries the weakness of the squad is exposed. By the end of today I think we will be 2 points above the relegation zone .If we do not turn things round soon it looks like Division 2 next season. no balls
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12:12pm Wed 25 Jun 14

MikeTheMan says...

No Balls, Sadly recent events have shown very clearly that we have nowhere near 11 players of Division 1 standard. 4, probably 5, of the team who played at Durham are patently just not good enough.

So, who are we missing? Prior is a class player obviously but the truth is that he hasn't played for us regularly for many years now and effectively he's not our player. Yardy is injured and is a decent player but he is not going to suddenly transform our batting. Anyon wasn't playing at Durham but he has been dropped, having so far this season taken just 16 wickets at 44 runs each. Machan hasn't yet scored a 50 this season so he was quite rightly dropped. The only player we are really missing is Jordan of course. He would certainly improve our bowling (which needs improving) but it is our batting which is so bad and in practical terms Yardy is the only batsman who is not available at the moment.

Jordan took 0-137 in the Test and you can't get away with figures like that for long in Test cricket so we might get him back soon.
No Balls, Sadly recent events have shown very clearly that we have nowhere near 11 players of Division 1 standard. 4, probably 5, of the team who played at Durham are patently just not good enough. So, who are we missing? Prior is a class player obviously but the truth is that he hasn't played for us regularly for many years now and effectively he's not our player. Yardy is injured and is a decent player but he is not going to suddenly transform our batting. Anyon wasn't playing at Durham but he has been dropped, having so far this season taken just 16 wickets at 44 runs each. Machan hasn't yet scored a 50 this season so he was quite rightly dropped. The only player we are really missing is Jordan of course. He would certainly improve our bowling (which needs improving) but it is our batting which is so bad and in practical terms Yardy is the only batsman who is not available at the moment. Jordan took 0-137 in the Test and you can't get away with figures like that for long in Test cricket so we might get him back soon. MikeTheMan
  • Score: 2

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