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Sussex on course to secure emphatic victory

The Argus: Steve Magoffin celebrates Kyle Coetzer's wicket Steve Magoffin celebrates Kyle Coetzer's wicket

Sussex are on course to end their long wait for a win in the Championship after piling on the misery for Northamptonshire on the second day at Hove.

Having made 405 in their first innings Sussex dismissed Northants for just 116 and then reduced them to 80-3 – still trailing by 209 - at the close after enforcing the follow-on.

The seven bonus points Sussex have collected so far in the game have lifted them out of the relegation zone and they will climb a further two places if they complete what looks like an inevitable win tomorrow.

Steve Magoffin was once again the main destroyer for Sussex as they blew Northants away in their first innings.

The Australian removed Stephen Peters, James Kettleborough and Matt Spriegel for ducks in his first two overs to leave the visitors in deep trouble on 1-3 at lunch.

They lost another quick wicket straight after the restart as Matt Hobden trapped Rob Newton with his first legitimate ball.

That became 20-5 when Magoffin had Kyle Coetzer brilliantly caught behind for nine and 34-6 when Hatchett switched to the Sea End to remove Ben Duckett for seven.

James Middlebrook top scored with 28 before he edged Magoffin’s third ball back into the attack to Joyce at first slip. It was Magoffin’s third five-wicket haul of the season and the 16th of his career.

Piolet picked up the wicket of Andrew Hall with his second ball and Hobden trapped David Willey on the crease with a ball which kept low.

Steven Crook counter-attacked by hitting James Tredwell for six but holed out at long-on to Ashar Zaidi for 24 just before tea.

Northants made a better fist of things second time around – although that was not saying much – but still lost three wickets in the evening session.

Middlebrook paid for an attempted hook off Hobden as he holed out to Hatchett at long leg and then skipper Peters was inexplicably run out by a direct hit from Luke Wright going for a quick single.

Kettlebrough then completed a miserable day for the visitors as he saw his off stump knocked back by Hobden shortly before the close.

Earlier, Wright had completed his second 150 of the season – and fourth in two years – as Sussex collected a fourth batting point before being finally dismissed for 405.

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8:07pm Mon 7 Jul 14

MikeTheMan says...

Even allowing for the fact that Northants are totally out of their depth in Division 1 we had an excellent day today. Let’s hope we can finish the match off quickly tomorrow to give us a very much needed win and a big confidence boost for our remaining 5 Championship matches.

Magoffin once again bowled superbly and Hobden had a really good day. At the moment Magoffin is the leading wicket taker in Division 1 and I dread to think where we would be without him.
Even allowing for the fact that Northants are totally out of their depth in Division 1 we had an excellent day today. Let’s hope we can finish the match off quickly tomorrow to give us a very much needed win and a big confidence boost for our remaining 5 Championship matches. Magoffin once again bowled superbly and Hobden had a really good day. At the moment Magoffin is the leading wicket taker in Division 1 and I dread to think where we would be without him. MikeTheMan
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9:38pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Neville says...

Agreed Magoffin a class act,so have to give Robinson credit for that.
Good to see some positives today.
Agreed Magoffin a class act,so have to give Robinson credit for that. Good to see some positives today. Neville
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9:16am Tue 8 Jul 14

Max Ripple says...

Positives, yes, but is is only Northants. Let's not be blinded with rose tinted sunshine after one good day. Mags was brilliant and had a good day. Luke Wright played the sort of innings that we know he can do but rarely does. Fortunately he's done it twice this season in the league. But there are massive cracks here and I'm afraid Robinson is ignoring them. A good win here today is the minimum we should be looking for. Yes, it will get us out of trouble to an extent.
Northants are going down. No doubt. The points difference is getting too big to come back from.
Positives, yes, but is is only Northants. Let's not be blinded with rose tinted sunshine after one good day. Mags was brilliant and had a good day. Luke Wright played the sort of innings that we know he can do but rarely does. Fortunately he's done it twice this season in the league. But there are massive cracks here and I'm afraid Robinson is ignoring them. A good win here today is the minimum we should be looking for. Yes, it will get us out of trouble to an extent. Northants are going down. No doubt. The points difference is getting too big to come back from. Max Ripple
  • Score: 1

8:38am Wed 9 Jul 14

her professional says...

Max Ripple wrote:
Positives, yes, but is is only Northants. Let's not be blinded with rose tinted sunshine after one good day. Mags was brilliant and had a good day. Luke Wright played the sort of innings that we know he can do but rarely does. Fortunately he's done it twice this season in the league. But there are massive cracks here and I'm afraid Robinson is ignoring them. A good win here today is the minimum we should be looking for. Yes, it will get us out of trouble to an extent.
Northants are going down. No doubt. The points difference is getting too big to come back from.
Let's be a tiny bit more optimistic........so
me of the cracks are down to injury/test duty, and have a look at the scorecard, it wasn't just Mags who took the wickets. Also, there were three 50 partnerships in the Sussex innings so there was some graft in tricky conditions. We'll see what Horsham brings, but hopefully there is a bit of confidence about.
As for Northants......they may look out of their depth, but they did earn their promotion less than 12 months ago, so they must have something, or else what on earth are the rest of div two like?
[quote][p][bold]Max Ripple[/bold] wrote: Positives, yes, but is is only Northants. Let's not be blinded with rose tinted sunshine after one good day. Mags was brilliant and had a good day. Luke Wright played the sort of innings that we know he can do but rarely does. Fortunately he's done it twice this season in the league. But there are massive cracks here and I'm afraid Robinson is ignoring them. A good win here today is the minimum we should be looking for. Yes, it will get us out of trouble to an extent. Northants are going down. No doubt. The points difference is getting too big to come back from.[/p][/quote]Let's be a tiny bit more optimistic........so me of the cracks are down to injury/test duty, and have a look at the scorecard, it wasn't just Mags who took the wickets. Also, there were three 50 partnerships in the Sussex innings so there was some graft in tricky conditions. We'll see what Horsham brings, but hopefully there is a bit of confidence about. As for Northants......they may look out of their depth, but they did earn their promotion less than 12 months ago, so they must have something, or else what on earth are the rest of div two like? her professional
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