Arafat and Beer inspire Sussex to unlikely victory

Yasir Arafat takes a catch

Yasir Arafat takes a catch

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Yasir Arafat and Will Beer were the heroes as Sussex pulled off an unlikely win over Durham in the Roya London One-Day Cup at Hove.

The pair put on a record partnership for the eighth wicket of 97 as the Sharks recovered from 191-7 to chase down Durham’s total of 287-8 with 11 balls to spare.

Arafat smashed an unbeaten 55 and Beer a career-best 45 to lift Sussex off the bottom of group B and keep their hopes of progressing in the competition alive.

Scott Borthwick, Paul Collingwood and Mark Stoneman had all made half centuries as Durham set a very competitive total after winning the toss.

Borthwick and Graham Onions then both claimed three wickets as Sussex looked to be sliding to defeat before Arafat and Beer rode to the rescue.

Durham had got off to a solid if unspectacular start after winning the toss and electing to bat with Stoneman and Phil Mustard scored 47 from the ten over powerplay.

Mustard was dropped by Ed Joyce at slip when on eight and went on to make 39 before he was run out at the non-strikers end thanks to some good work by Chris Liddle and Stefan Piolet.

Chris Liddle got rid of Stoneman after the Durham opener had completed his half century off 62 balls but that did not slow down their scoring rate.

Scott Borthwick and Paul Collingwood added 74 for the fourth wicket off just 63 balls with Lewis Hatchett and Chris Liddle coming in for particular punishment.

Borthwick launched Liddle for the only six of the innings to bring up his 50 before holing out to a good catch on the midwicket boundary by Craig Cachopa for 67.

Collingwood smacked 67 off 57 balls and Durham would probably have reached 300 if he had not been bowled by a yorker from Yasir Arafat in the 48th over.

Arafat also dismissed Gareth Breese and Gordon Muchall in successive balls in the final over to finish with figures of 3-47 while Piolet was economical once again with 1-43.

Sussex’s reply got off to the worst possible start when Chris Nash was bowled by a superb ball from Onions in the second over.

Ed Joyce and Luke Wright both got going but were unable to push on to play the kind of match-winning innings that Sussex required.

Wright hit 36 off 29 balls before pulling Onions straight to the fielder on the midwicket boundary while Joyce was caught behind for 26 attempting to angle a ball from John Hastings to third man.

Craig Cachopa and Matt Machan kept Sussex well on top of the run rate but were unable to hang around to see the job through.

Cachopa hit three sixes in his run-a-ball 39 before slicing Borthwick to Hastings at cover and Machan was on 33 when he became Onions’ third victim.

Borthwick continued his impressive all round display by bowling Piolet and Ben Brown with googlies to seemingly end Sussex’s hopes.

But Arafat and Beer slowly got the Sharks back into the game and the Durham bowlers started to lose their composure.

With five overs to go the game was still in the balance with Sussex still requiring 39 but the visitors self-destructed with John Hastings bowling two no-balls and one wide in the penultimate over to hand the win to the Sharks.

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9:42am Wed 6 Aug 14

The Phantom says...

Great result in the end - a moderate bowling and fielding display but Sussex despite losing regular wickets always up with the required rate. Some other thoughts......Day / night cricket for 50 over matches. What's the point? A beautiful summers day which we ended up wearing jumpers and coats under the floodlights (which to be fair are much improved than when I last saw them in action). Just a waste of a beautiful summer's day and had little impact on the crowd figure. Loud music every time someone hits a boundary or takes a wicket and at the end of the over - what's the point? Apart from a few jokey ones when the batsmen gets out, most of the tunes / lyrics were either totally inappropriate or incomprehensible. All it did was take away the crowd noise of clapping or cheering a boundary or a wicket. Ridiculous. Fortunately the speaker near I was sitting broke down for the second innings which was a blessed relief. Food in the pavillion - fresh baguettes supposedly made to order - by the time the traditional lunch interval arrived (just after 5pm) all they could offer was liver sausage or couscous. Shocking and totally unprepared to cater for a day/night match. Although we had a meal prior to the start of play, no meals were available between 2 and 5 - again very poor. For our tea time meal we were reduced an absolutely disgusting hot dog and chips paying 6.50 at one of the contracted burger stalls - do they know there is a sell by date on bread for a reason?

Despite all of the above I did have a great day - despite Sussex's many shortcomings at the moment they found a way to win.
Great result in the end - a moderate bowling and fielding display but Sussex despite losing regular wickets always up with the required rate. Some other thoughts......Day / night cricket for 50 over matches. What's the point? A beautiful summers day which we ended up wearing jumpers and coats under the floodlights (which to be fair are much improved than when I last saw them in action). Just a waste of a beautiful summer's day and had little impact on the crowd figure. Loud music every time someone hits a boundary or takes a wicket and at the end of the over - what's the point? Apart from a few jokey ones when the batsmen gets out, most of the tunes / lyrics were either totally inappropriate or incomprehensible. All it did was take away the crowd noise of clapping or cheering a boundary or a wicket. Ridiculous. Fortunately the speaker near I was sitting broke down for the second innings which was a blessed relief. Food in the pavillion - fresh baguettes supposedly made to order - by the time the traditional lunch interval arrived (just after 5pm) all they could offer was liver sausage or couscous. Shocking and totally unprepared to cater for a day/night match. Although we had a meal prior to the start of play, no meals were available between 2 and 5 - again very poor. For our tea time meal we were reduced an absolutely disgusting hot dog and chips paying 6.50 at one of the contracted burger stalls - do they know there is a sell by date on bread for a reason? Despite all of the above I did have a great day - despite Sussex's many shortcomings at the moment they found a way to win. The Phantom
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10:33am Wed 6 Aug 14

Neville says...

Good win thks to Arafat and Beer who I have posted really should be moved up the order.
Nash failed again and the bowling of Hatchett and Liddle just poor reflected in the figures.
Good win thks to Arafat and Beer who I have posted really should be moved up the order. Nash failed again and the bowling of Hatchett and Liddle just poor reflected in the figures. Neville
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10:07pm Wed 6 Aug 14

her professional says...

Gosh, glad we didn't lose!
Agree with comment re 2pm start, what's the point. The Cup matches are timed to coincide with the school hols - so how many parents want to be taking their kids home at 10.00 or even later, let alone braving the multi storey car park at that time of night, and it must rule out most kids of school age going unaccompanied.
Also agree with comment re pointless music, a bit of an insult to the crowd's intelligence, although I am an old git so if it does add to the overall enjoyment, then fair enough!
GOSBTS.
Gosh, glad we didn't lose! Agree with comment re 2pm start, what's the point. The Cup matches are timed to coincide with the school hols - so how many parents want to be taking their kids home at 10.00 or even later, let alone braving the multi storey car park at that time of night, and it must rule out most kids of school age going unaccompanied. Also agree with comment re pointless music, a bit of an insult to the crowd's intelligence, although I am an old git so if it does add to the overall enjoyment, then fair enough! GOSBTS. her professional
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