Coach left to reflect on tight defeat

Will Beer was caught on the boundary

Will Beer was caught on the boundary

First published in Sport

Sussex coach Mark Robinson was left to reflect on slender margins after Sussex lost by 13 runs to Gloucestershire in the NatWest T20 Blast at Bristol.

A match reduced to 15 overs per side due to rain saw the hosts make 138-7 after losing the toss, Ian Cockbain hitting four fours and three sixes in his 52.

Sussex captain Chris Nash’s decision to field first with more rain threatening backfired as his side ended up batting in near darkness as they were bowled out for 125 in the final over.

The result took Gloucestershire, who began the campaign with a two-point deduction, level with Sussex on eight points with both counties in striking distance of fourth place in the South Division.

Gloucestershire’s score was built on a second-wicket stand of 69 in seven overs between Cockbain and skipper Alex Gidman. Yasir Arafat and Will Beer claimed two wickets apiece while Chris Liddle was the most economical Sussex bowler.

Sussex suffered an early setback in their run chase when Luke Wright was caught behind for a duck by trialist wicketkeeper Adam Rouse.

With the light fading, the visitors looked to face a stiff task and it got more difficult when Luke Wells fell for three in the second over.

Nash responded with four, four, six at the start of Gidman’s second over but fell for 25 when cutting Payne straight to Cockbain at point in the fifth and final over of power play, with Sussex on 47-3.

Matt Machan kept Sussex up with the required rate with 28 off 19 balls, then Ben Brown (19) and Beer did their best in now dark conditions.

Sixteen were needed off the last over from Jack Taylor but Beer was brilliantly caught on the boundary by Hamish Marshall at full stretch above his head for 18 to end Sussex hopes.

Robinson said: “T20 is a game that is often decided by inches.

“If Marshall had touched the boundary it would have been six and we would still have had a chance. It was so dark at the end but T20 is all about entertainment and we have just lost an excellent game of cricket.”

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11:11pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Neville says...

What planet is the coach on,inconsistent batting,poor bowling and selection.Hatchett went for 20runs in the last over,just awful. Numerous wides bowled and too many batsmen playing poorly, Wright seems to have the malaise now.
Beer played well and deserves to be moved up the order.Wells is just not a T 20 player,but then who is currently.
What planet is the coach on,inconsistent batting,poor bowling and selection.Hatchett went for 20runs in the last over,just awful. Numerous wides bowled and too many batsmen playing poorly, Wright seems to have the malaise now. Beer played well and deserves to be moved up the order.Wells is just not a T 20 player,but then who is currently. Neville
  • Score: 3

7:39am Sat 5 Jul 14

MHubbs says...

When we were successful, it was a shoe in that we would bat first having won the toss.

However, despite winning a number of tosses this year we have batted second consistently. Big mistake. Our batting is very poor and we do not have the players to chase down a target especially when confidence is low.

We have lost our cutting edge since Yardy came off as captain in all departments.
When we were successful, it was a shoe in that we would bat first having won the toss. However, despite winning a number of tosses this year we have batted second consistently. Big mistake. Our batting is very poor and we do not have the players to chase down a target especially when confidence is low. We have lost our cutting edge since Yardy came off as captain in all departments. MHubbs
  • Score: 1

9:45am Sat 5 Jul 14

Max Ripple says...

We were never in it last night. Hatchetts bowling at the end was dreadful.. One of the worst last overs I've ever seen. With Luke Wright going second ball and Wells a couple later we had no chance. The batting line up stopped at Machan and I've got concerns about him. Robinson is just trying to cover the cracks. Which are getting wider. Northants this week. Only team behind us in the league.
The only payers coming in are quite frankly second rate. I'm afraid I can see second tier cricket coming our way next season. Now that the Spen Cama money has gone we are back to being a poor little south coast cricket club. Thank God we had some success in the noughties.
We were never in it last night. Hatchetts bowling at the end was dreadful.. One of the worst last overs I've ever seen. With Luke Wright going second ball and Wells a couple later we had no chance. The batting line up stopped at Machan and I've got concerns about him. Robinson is just trying to cover the cracks. Which are getting wider. Northants this week. Only team behind us in the league. The only payers coming in are quite frankly second rate. I'm afraid I can see second tier cricket coming our way next season. Now that the Spen Cama money has gone we are back to being a poor little south coast cricket club. Thank God we had some success in the noughties. Max Ripple
  • Score: 0

10:25am Sat 5 Jul 14

Cockwomble says...

one player was the difference.cockbain.
they had im we didnt.cockwomble
one player was the difference.cockbain. they had im we didnt.cockwomble Cockwomble
  • Score: 0

10:40am Sat 5 Jul 14

hunts dave says...

am i right in saying that we have lost 15 of our last 20 t20 matches,just 5 wins , probably 2 of them were very lucky! should we manage to scrape into the 4th spot and qualify,it would be like lambs to the slaughter, bowling last nite was dreadfull, and captain saying up against it after wright out sums up the teams batting strength,as for the coach ,talks like he aint got a care in the world,i see relegation coming!
am i right in saying that we have lost 15 of our last 20 t20 matches,just 5 wins , probably 2 of them were very lucky! should we manage to scrape into the 4th spot and qualify,it would be like lambs to the slaughter, bowling last nite was dreadfull, and captain saying up against it after wright out sums up the teams batting strength,as for the coach ,talks like he aint got a care in the world,i see relegation coming! hunts dave
  • Score: 2

10:44am Sat 5 Jul 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

MHubbs wrote:
When we were successful, it was a shoe in that we would bat first having won the toss.

However, despite winning a number of tosses this year we have batted second consistently. Big mistake. Our batting is very poor and we do not have the players to chase down a target especially when confidence is low.

We have lost our cutting edge since Yardy came off as captain in all departments.
Agreed, we are playing some awful cricket at the moment (I had heard that the club has been knocked for six by the Lou Vincent/Naved stories) but batting second when rain is forecast is generally the right thing to do. If we'd batted first and rain had helped Gloucs Nash would have been rightly slaughtered.

Whoever said Wells is no T20 player may be proved right in the long term, but he has done well in the 2nd XI competition and has suggested that he would be willing to move counties if it meant more opportunity in the shorter formats of the game. I for one don't want to lose him, and for a competition that we have very little chance of doing well in again this year, I say give him a go. It's not as if everyone else is scoring loads of runs.

There seems to be a collective and massive lack of confidence around the club at the moment. That will change, but it is anyone's guess when.
[quote][p][bold]MHubbs[/bold] wrote: When we were successful, it was a shoe in that we would bat first having won the toss. However, despite winning a number of tosses this year we have batted second consistently. Big mistake. Our batting is very poor and we do not have the players to chase down a target especially when confidence is low. We have lost our cutting edge since Yardy came off as captain in all departments.[/p][/quote]Agreed, we are playing some awful cricket at the moment (I had heard that the club has been knocked for six by the Lou Vincent/Naved stories) but batting second when rain is forecast is generally the right thing to do. If we'd batted first and rain had helped Gloucs Nash would have been rightly slaughtered. Whoever said Wells is no T20 player may be proved right in the long term, but he has done well in the 2nd XI competition and has suggested that he would be willing to move counties if it meant more opportunity in the shorter formats of the game. I for one don't want to lose him, and for a competition that we have very little chance of doing well in again this year, I say give him a go. It's not as if everyone else is scoring loads of runs. There seems to be a collective and massive lack of confidence around the club at the moment. That will change, but it is anyone's guess when. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 0

11:03am Sat 5 Jul 14

Neville says...

There appears to be little investment and a shortfall in finances,our big earner the T20 is not helped by our appalling form. Championship cricket is dying on its feet and it's not surprising when we lose Prior and Jordan for most of the season,fans want to see the best players but as I have said before the ECB are not concerned. Robinson is now past his sell by date and as for the CEO he is just non existent,again lack of communication from the club,same as the Albion hierarchy.
Was a regular supporter especially T20 but the performances have been just dire,it's a great shame because the club have done great in the past,time for a cleAr out which may well come if we get relegated.
There appears to be little investment and a shortfall in finances,our big earner the T20 is not helped by our appalling form. Championship cricket is dying on its feet and it's not surprising when we lose Prior and Jordan for most of the season,fans want to see the best players but as I have said before the ECB are not concerned. Robinson is now past his sell by date and as for the CEO he is just non existent,again lack of communication from the club,same as the Albion hierarchy. Was a regular supporter especially T20 but the performances have been just dire,it's a great shame because the club have done great in the past,time for a cleAr out which may well come if we get relegated. Neville
  • Score: 3

11:57am Sat 5 Jul 14

MikeTheMan says...

That last over by Hatchett would have embarrassed a village second eleven bowler. First three balls hit for 4, 6, 4 by a Gloucs number 9 who had never scored any T20 runs before (and contrast with our number 9), incredibly what should have been the last ball was a wide and of course the extra ball was hit for 4. It was absolute dross. Nash, if we really must play Hatchett get his overs out of the way, don't let him bowl at the death.

Robbo, last night was not a close match - we never looked like winning it. We gave them far too many runs (again) and none of our batsmen played a substantial innings (again). Robbo really does need to take off his rose-tinted specs and get back into the real world. Whether any of us like to face up to it or not, the reality is that we are now rubbish in both the Championship and T20. Gloucs have beaten us twice in T20 yet only those of us who follow cricket very closely will have even heard of half the Gloucs team, they are near the bottom of Division 2 of the Championship and they have only won 2 other T20 games. We should be beating them easily.

Regardless of where we end up when the season finishes I hope there is a major clearout of the serial failures (if you really don't know who they are, look at our Championship and T20 averages) and a complete replacement of our coaching staff. They appear to be absurdly complacent.
That last over by Hatchett would have embarrassed a village second eleven bowler. First three balls hit for 4, 6, 4 by a Gloucs number 9 who had never scored any T20 runs before (and contrast with our number 9), incredibly what should have been the last ball was a wide and of course the extra ball was hit for 4. It was absolute dross. Nash, if we really must play Hatchett get his overs out of the way, don't let him bowl at the death. Robbo, last night was not a close match - we never looked like winning it. We gave them far too many runs (again) and none of our batsmen played a substantial innings (again). Robbo really does need to take off his rose-tinted specs and get back into the real world. Whether any of us like to face up to it or not, the reality is that we are now rubbish in both the Championship and T20. Gloucs have beaten us twice in T20 yet only those of us who follow cricket very closely will have even heard of half the Gloucs team, they are near the bottom of Division 2 of the Championship and they have only won 2 other T20 games. We should be beating them easily. Regardless of where we end up when the season finishes I hope there is a major clearout of the serial failures (if you really don't know who they are, look at our Championship and T20 averages) and a complete replacement of our coaching staff. They appear to be absurdly complacent. MikeTheMan
  • Score: 9

4:56pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Zamora25 says...

Arafat, Beer, Brown, Hatchett, Jackson, Lewis, Magoffin, Piolet and Wells are the only out of contract players. Hamilton-Brown, Liddle and Zaidi wee given 3, 2 and 2 year contracts respectively that don't run out until 2015. Robinson doesn't seem to bring on the youngsters in the same way Gillespie has at Yorkshire. Yorkshire were going nowhere until Gillespie arrived. We need to follow their example and hire a coach from outside the county with no previous connections to Sussex.
Arafat, Beer, Brown, Hatchett, Jackson, Lewis, Magoffin, Piolet and Wells are the only out of contract players. Hamilton-Brown, Liddle and Zaidi wee given 3, 2 and 2 year contracts respectively that don't run out until 2015. Robinson doesn't seem to bring on the youngsters in the same way Gillespie has at Yorkshire. Yorkshire were going nowhere until Gillespie arrived. We need to follow their example and hire a coach from outside the county with no previous connections to Sussex. Zamora25
  • Score: -1

8:04pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Max Ripple says...

Zamora25 wrote:
Arafat, Beer, Brown, Hatchett, Jackson, Lewis, Magoffin, Piolet and Wells are the only out of contract players. Hamilton-Brown, Liddle and Zaidi wee given 3, 2 and 2 year contracts respectively that don't run out until 2015. Robinson doesn't seem to bring on the youngsters in the same way Gillespie has at Yorkshire. Yorkshire were going nowhere until Gillespie arrived. We need to follow their example and hire a coach from outside the county with no previous connections to Sussex.
Er..........why? What difference will a coach from outside the county make? Please enlighten me - there are a lot of things I don't know about.
[quote][p][bold]Zamora25[/bold] wrote: Arafat, Beer, Brown, Hatchett, Jackson, Lewis, Magoffin, Piolet and Wells are the only out of contract players. Hamilton-Brown, Liddle and Zaidi wee given 3, 2 and 2 year contracts respectively that don't run out until 2015. Robinson doesn't seem to bring on the youngsters in the same way Gillespie has at Yorkshire. Yorkshire were going nowhere until Gillespie arrived. We need to follow their example and hire a coach from outside the county with no previous connections to Sussex.[/p][/quote]Er..........why? What difference will a coach from outside the county make? Please enlighten me - there are a lot of things I don't know about. Max Ripple
  • Score: 0

11:14am Sun 6 Jul 14

Uckfield Seagull says...

I am afraid what has been building for 3/4 seasons has come to a head this year, I think all Sussex fans knew this was coming, we cant blame the loss of Prior and Jordan either, we knew this and did very little to replace. The players we have got in frankly arent good enough, says a lot when we miss Goodwin, in my opinion, Liddle, Hatchett, Machan, Piolet, Zaidi, Hobden, are not good enough for our side, Arafat was a desperate hopeful signing, really no longer the answer, Robinson has to go, cant rely on old memories, Adams for me
I am afraid what has been building for 3/4 seasons has come to a head this year, I think all Sussex fans knew this was coming, we cant blame the loss of Prior and Jordan either, we knew this and did very little to replace. The players we have got in frankly arent good enough, says a lot when we miss Goodwin, in my opinion, Liddle, Hatchett, Machan, Piolet, Zaidi, Hobden, are not good enough for our side, Arafat was a desperate hopeful signing, really no longer the answer, Robinson has to go, cant rely on old memories, Adams for me Uckfield Seagull
  • Score: 0

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