Sussex squander strong position as Warwickshire stage late fight back

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Warwickshire fought back with the second new ball at Horsham after Craig Cachopa and Luke Wright had put firmly on top on the opening day of their Championship.

Wright and Cachopa put on 174 for the fourth wicket to guide Sussex to 294-3 before Warwickshire claimed four wickets for just 19 runs near the end.

Sussex had been on top for the majority of the day but those late breakthroughs brought Warwickshire right back into the contest with the score 314-7 at the close.

It was quite a turnaround after Cachopa and Wright had completely dominated since coming together with the score 120-3 soon after lunch.

Sussex had lost only lost Luke Wells in the morning session after winning the toss when the opener was superbly caught behind by Tim Ambrose for 35 off the bowling of Rikki Clarke.

But from 99-1 at lunch they found themselves in a spot of bother as Joyce was bowled on the drive by Keith Barker and then Nash was trapped lbw by the same bowler having made his third half century of the season.

Cachopa was given a reprieve on 27 when he was dropped behind the stumps by Ambrose off the bowling of Patel and took full advantage.

He reached his maiden Championship half century from 89 balls while Wright got there a few balls earlier from 72 deliveries.

The pair took Sussex to tea at 230-3 and had extended their partnership to 172 when Warwickshire took the new ball after 80 overs.

It did the trick as Cachopa fell for 84 as he edged a ball from the previously disappointing Chris Woakes to Clarke at second slip.

Wright fell 11 runs short of what would have been a third century in five innings when he chased a wide ball from Barker and edged behind.

Steffan Piolet followed in bizarre fashion as he stepped on his stumps trying to turn a short ball from Woakes to third man.

Boyd Rankin then picked up the wicket of Chris Jordan as the England man bottom edged a pull onto his own stumps.

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7:32pm Mon 21 Jul 14

MikeTheMan says...

An hour before the close of play it was our day, it looked as though we were set for a very large total, Wright and Cachopa looked untroubled and were scoring freely.

When Warwicks took the new ball at 80 overs we were 292-3 and we had scored 50 in the previous 10 overs. 16 overs later we are 314-7 so 22-4 in those 16 overs. Barker and Woakes bowled well (that's what they are meant to do) but suddenly the batsmen seemed intent on just surviving, became totally strokeless and predictably paid the price. Then Piolet got himself out rather absurdly and Jordan, well, he hit a four and was bowled next ball in the penultimate over of the day, not very clever.

I was imagining a score of 500 but anything much over 350 will be a good effort now. You have to be careful about drawing too many conclusions from a single innings, it was by no means a flawless innings and he dealt almost exclusively in boundaries but Cachopa certainly looks a lot better than Machan and RHB. He looks a very useful find based on today’s evidence.

We do still have real problems with our batting though. Surely not even Robbo seriously thinks Piolet is a number 6 batsman. He’s a number 9 at best and I’m not at all convinced I’d have him batting before Magoffin.

We’ve thrown away a great position but it’s always lovely watching cricket at Horsham, especially when the sun is shining. Great way to spend a day. I just hope to see us bowl well tomorrow.
An hour before the close of play it was our day, it looked as though we were set for a very large total, Wright and Cachopa looked untroubled and were scoring freely. When Warwicks took the new ball at 80 overs we were 292-3 and we had scored 50 in the previous 10 overs. 16 overs later we are 314-7 so 22-4 in those 16 overs. Barker and Woakes bowled well (that's what they are meant to do) but suddenly the batsmen seemed intent on just surviving, became totally strokeless and predictably paid the price. Then Piolet got himself out rather absurdly and Jordan, well, he hit a four and was bowled next ball in the penultimate over of the day, not very clever. I was imagining a score of 500 but anything much over 350 will be a good effort now. You have to be careful about drawing too many conclusions from a single innings, it was by no means a flawless innings and he dealt almost exclusively in boundaries but Cachopa certainly looks a lot better than Machan and RHB. He looks a very useful find based on today’s evidence. We do still have real problems with our batting though. Surely not even Robbo seriously thinks Piolet is a number 6 batsman. He’s a number 9 at best and I’m not at all convinced I’d have him batting before Magoffin. We’ve thrown away a great position but it’s always lovely watching cricket at Horsham, especially when the sun is shining. Great way to spend a day. I just hope to see us bowl well tomorrow. MikeTheMan
  • Score: 4

8:04pm Mon 21 Jul 14

ballantrrae says...

MikeTheMan wrote:
An hour before the close of play it was our day, it looked as though we were set for a very large total, Wright and Cachopa looked untroubled and were scoring freely.

When Warwicks took the new ball at 80 overs we were 292-3 and we had scored 50 in the previous 10 overs. 16 overs later we are 314-7 so 22-4 in those 16 overs. Barker and Woakes bowled well (that's what they are meant to do) but suddenly the batsmen seemed intent on just surviving, became totally strokeless and predictably paid the price. Then Piolet got himself out rather absurdly and Jordan, well, he hit a four and was bowled next ball in the penultimate over of the day, not very clever.

I was imagining a score of 500 but anything much over 350 will be a good effort now. You have to be careful about drawing too many conclusions from a single innings, it was by no means a flawless innings and he dealt almost exclusively in boundaries but Cachopa certainly looks a lot better than Machan and RHB. He looks a very useful find based on today’s evidence.

We do still have real problems with our batting though. Surely not even Robbo seriously thinks Piolet is a number 6 batsman. He’s a number 9 at best and I’m not at all convinced I’d have him batting before Magoffin.

We’ve thrown away a great position but it’s always lovely watching cricket at Horsham, especially when the sun is shining. Great way to spend a day. I just hope to see us bowl well tomorrow.
A disappointing end to what until then had been a good day for Sussex. Cachopa looks a find and Wright continued his recent good form with the bat. I feel Wells would be a lot more productive if he batted down the order. I appreciate that would mean finding someone else to open with Nash. Really not sure why Robinson seems so determined to keep Wells at the top of the order.
Good to see Jordan back but his dismissal had the hallmarks of someone out of practice - hardly surprising given he has only played one 20 over Blast game since the 2nd Test against Sri Lanka.
I am equally mystified as to why the England selectors think that playing less (or in some cases virtually no) cricket makes you play better and score more runs and take more wickets. In most sports you not only have to be fit and train hard but you need to be 'match fit' as well.
If one took their strategy to an illogical extreme we ought to be selecting the likes of Boycott, Gower, Underwood and Botham etc on the basis that having not played for many years they would be scoring double and triple centuries and taking 8 or 9 wickets for a handful of runs every innings !
Someone like Chris Jordan needs to be playing quite regularly to be able to perform at his best. I can only imagine that the selectors feel in typical English fashion that the other side has to be given a chance.
One day sanity might return and Chris Jordan be given the chance to play more cricket this season otherwise how on earth is he going to improve as a cricketer. Until it does Sussex will have to continue to strive without his services and he will sit around not playing much cricket. In the meantime I hope that Sussex have a good day tomorrow
[quote][p][bold]MikeTheMan[/bold] wrote: An hour before the close of play it was our day, it looked as though we were set for a very large total, Wright and Cachopa looked untroubled and were scoring freely. When Warwicks took the new ball at 80 overs we were 292-3 and we had scored 50 in the previous 10 overs. 16 overs later we are 314-7 so 22-4 in those 16 overs. Barker and Woakes bowled well (that's what they are meant to do) but suddenly the batsmen seemed intent on just surviving, became totally strokeless and predictably paid the price. Then Piolet got himself out rather absurdly and Jordan, well, he hit a four and was bowled next ball in the penultimate over of the day, not very clever. I was imagining a score of 500 but anything much over 350 will be a good effort now. You have to be careful about drawing too many conclusions from a single innings, it was by no means a flawless innings and he dealt almost exclusively in boundaries but Cachopa certainly looks a lot better than Machan and RHB. He looks a very useful find based on today’s evidence. We do still have real problems with our batting though. Surely not even Robbo seriously thinks Piolet is a number 6 batsman. He’s a number 9 at best and I’m not at all convinced I’d have him batting before Magoffin. We’ve thrown away a great position but it’s always lovely watching cricket at Horsham, especially when the sun is shining. Great way to spend a day. I just hope to see us bowl well tomorrow.[/p][/quote]A disappointing end to what until then had been a good day for Sussex. Cachopa looks a find and Wright continued his recent good form with the bat. I feel Wells would be a lot more productive if he batted down the order. I appreciate that would mean finding someone else to open with Nash. Really not sure why Robinson seems so determined to keep Wells at the top of the order. Good to see Jordan back but his dismissal had the hallmarks of someone out of practice - hardly surprising given he has only played one 20 over Blast game since the 2nd Test against Sri Lanka. I am equally mystified as to why the England selectors think that playing less (or in some cases virtually no) cricket makes you play better and score more runs and take more wickets. In most sports you not only have to be fit and train hard but you need to be 'match fit' as well. If one took their strategy to an illogical extreme we ought to be selecting the likes of Boycott, Gower, Underwood and Botham etc on the basis that having not played for many years they would be scoring double and triple centuries and taking 8 or 9 wickets for a handful of runs every innings ! Someone like Chris Jordan needs to be playing quite regularly to be able to perform at his best. I can only imagine that the selectors feel in typical English fashion that the other side has to be given a chance. One day sanity might return and Chris Jordan be given the chance to play more cricket this season otherwise how on earth is he going to improve as a cricketer. Until it does Sussex will have to continue to strive without his services and he will sit around not playing much cricket. In the meantime I hope that Sussex have a good day tomorrow ballantrrae
  • Score: 4

11:17am Tue 22 Jul 14

Neville says...

Sussex tv seems to believe pitch will take spin later on,shame we don,t have any spinners at all.
Horsham great venue and good crowds. Next season a real clear out needed and priority is a quality batsman.
Sussex tv seems to believe pitch will take spin later on,shame we don,t have any spinners at all. Horsham great venue and good crowds. Next season a real clear out needed and priority is a quality batsman. Neville
  • Score: 1

7:55pm Tue 22 Jul 14

ballantrrae says...

Neville wrote:
Sussex tv seems to believe pitch will take spin later on,shame we don,t have any spinners at all.
Horsham great venue and good crowds. Next season a real clear out needed and priority is a quality batsman.
Neville I think Cachopa will prove to be the real deal but I agree with you that we need another quality batsman to join the club . A pity that Machin has been disappointing this summer after a good winter for Scotland.
I also think we need a good spinner and do not think that Beer is quite up to the mark - a useful player sometimes in limited over games but not the four day version.
I see that Jordan has had an unproductive day bowling which would appear to underline my point that it is only by actually laying regularly that one can expect to perform. Glad to read that young Hatchett picked up a couple of wickets.
[quote][p][bold]Neville[/bold] wrote: Sussex tv seems to believe pitch will take spin later on,shame we don,t have any spinners at all. Horsham great venue and good crowds. Next season a real clear out needed and priority is a quality batsman.[/p][/quote]Neville I think Cachopa will prove to be the real deal but I agree with you that we need another quality batsman to join the club . A pity that Machin has been disappointing this summer after a good winter for Scotland. I also think we need a good spinner and do not think that Beer is quite up to the mark - a useful player sometimes in limited over games but not the four day version. I see that Jordan has had an unproductive day bowling which would appear to underline my point that it is only by actually laying regularly that one can expect to perform. Glad to read that young Hatchett picked up a couple of wickets. ballantrrae
  • Score: 1

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