Robinson happy as Sussex test the leaders

Mark Robinson

Mark Robinson

First published in Sport

Sussex coach Mark Robinson reckons his side are well placed against the County Championship leaders.

They go into the second day at Scarborough today on 315-8 against Yorkshire, thanks largely to Ed Joyce's 130.

Joyce was out off the final delivery of the first day but that could not tarnish Robinson's satisfaction.

The Sussex boss said: "I am very happy with the way things went after we had been put in to bat.

"The great partnership between Ed Joyce and Craig Cachopa took the sting out of the attack and was the feature of the day.

"Ed is an outstanding player who has the capacity to go on. He doesn't bat to his ego and today he was back to his best.

"I had a feeling that to bat first was the right thing to do because the pitch feels a bit crusty and it will be interesting to see if it takes spin later on.

"The ball seamed about all day and we knew the importance of getting through the first session.''

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8:14pm Sun 17 Aug 14

SecondReserve says...

I don't think he'll be so happy now. Our very weak bowling attack (Magoffin excepted) has been smashed all around Scarborough and our batting has collapsed. Our team in this match must be the weakest we've put out for years. Only three batsmen (Joyce, Cachopa and Wright), one bowler (Magoffin) and seven passengers. Hatchett, Hobden, Tredwell and Piolet would make a good club attack but certainly not a Championship Division 1 one. And we have two openers who haven't scored runs all season (not a century between them) and non-batters from number 6 downwards (look at the averages). Piolet at number 6 in the Championship says it all. Brown scored a superb 163 early in the season but hasn't scored another 50 all season in about 30 matches in all three formats.
I don't think he'll be so happy now. Our very weak bowling attack (Magoffin excepted) has been smashed all around Scarborough and our batting has collapsed. Our team in this match must be the weakest we've put out for years. Only three batsmen (Joyce, Cachopa and Wright), one bowler (Magoffin) and seven passengers. Hatchett, Hobden, Tredwell and Piolet would make a good club attack but certainly not a Championship Division 1 one. And we have two openers who haven't scored runs all season (not a century between them) and non-batters from number 6 downwards (look at the averages). Piolet at number 6 in the Championship says it all. Brown scored a superb 163 early in the season but hasn't scored another 50 all season in about 30 matches in all three formats. SecondReserve
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8:46pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Neville says...

Wells,Nash and Brown pretty awful.
Wells,Nash and Brown pretty awful. Neville
  • Score: 0

2:39pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Uckfield Seagull says...

Wells and Nash need to pull there fingers out for next season, Wright, Prior and Yardy need to be fit and well for Sussex, Joyce is class, Cachopa looks like a good signing, Magoffin and hopefully Anyon will be fit as next year looms, lets give Beer a season in the league too, but then dear oh dear, Zaidi, Piolet, Lewis, Hatchett, Hobden, Liddle, Brown, Ham Brown, Machen seriously need to look at themselves
Wells and Nash need to pull there fingers out for next season, Wright, Prior and Yardy need to be fit and well for Sussex, Joyce is class, Cachopa looks like a good signing, Magoffin and hopefully Anyon will be fit as next year looms, lets give Beer a season in the league too, but then dear oh dear, Zaidi, Piolet, Lewis, Hatchett, Hobden, Liddle, Brown, Ham Brown, Machen seriously need to look at themselves Uckfield Seagull
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3:01pm Mon 18 Aug 14

SmileyD says...

Nine down now - looking pretty grim. Where's the Yorkshire rain when you need it?! Maybe Magoffin can save us with the bat...
Nine down now - looking pretty grim. Where's the Yorkshire rain when you need it?! Maybe Magoffin can save us with the bat... SmileyD
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5:36pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Neville says...

Agree with Uckfield Seagull
Brown is just an awful liability with the bat when you need a score,can never understand the point of paying Liddle he hardly ever plays.
Agree with Uckfield Seagull Brown is just an awful liability with the bat when you need a score,can never understand the point of paying Liddle he hardly ever plays. Neville
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6:37pm Mon 18 Aug 14

MikeTheMan says...

Tremendous innings by Wright and a decent effort by Piolet but nothing significant from the other nine. Yorks put the pitch and our batting in perspective by smacking our bowlers for 106 in 20 overs.

We are by no means safe from relegation yet - have a good look at the table. Lancs are now within one win of us and we have to play them and Durham and Middlesex both have a game in hand.

Brown really is absolutely awful. He's a very average keeper and a hopeless batsman. If we really can't find another adequate keeper (what about Jackson?) and we have to keep playing Brown at least let's put him at number 10 where he belongs. The way he has batted this season (other than one innings) he should be below all of Tredwell, Magoffin and even Hatchett.
Tremendous innings by Wright and a decent effort by Piolet but nothing significant from the other nine. Yorks put the pitch and our batting in perspective by smacking our bowlers for 106 in 20 overs. We are by no means safe from relegation yet - have a good look at the table. Lancs are now within one win of us and we have to play them and Durham and Middlesex both have a game in hand. Brown really is absolutely awful. He's a very average keeper and a hopeless batsman. If we really can't find another adequate keeper (what about Jackson?) and we have to keep playing Brown at least let's put him at number 10 where he belongs. The way he has batted this season (other than one innings) he should be below all of Tredwell, Magoffin and even Hatchett. MikeTheMan
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9:35am Tue 19 Aug 14

Uckfield Seagull says...

I would seriously have kept the faith with Mr Goodwin, Sussex through and through and would of scored runs this year in all formats, may not of been 1200/1300 but would of been far more beneficial than many in our teams.

Next season is a big season for Robinson, needs to bring in some players and get rid of the dross, Liddle, Zaidi etc
I would seriously have kept the faith with Mr Goodwin, Sussex through and through and would of scored runs this year in all formats, may not of been 1200/1300 but would of been far more beneficial than many in our teams. Next season is a big season for Robinson, needs to bring in some players and get rid of the dross, Liddle, Zaidi etc Uckfield Seagull
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6:40am Wed 20 Aug 14

jcd1972 says...

Uckfield Seagull wrote:
I would seriously have kept the faith with Mr Goodwin, Sussex through and through and would of scored runs this year in all formats, may not of been 1200/1300 but would of been far more beneficial than many in our teams.

Next season is a big season for Robinson, needs to bring in some players and get rid of the dross, Liddle, Zaidi etc
Liddle won't go as he had a couple of better performances at the end of the 50 over season.In general though Robbo has signed the likes of Jordan and Cachopa and deserves credit for this. Considering Jordan was released by Surrey, it was one of the best signings anywhere in the last few years. Unfortunately CJ's on an incremental contract with England so we're not getting compensated when he's not with us. We can all see the difference between the Warwickshire match when CJ was playing for us and the Yorkshire game when he wasn't.

Agree with posters re the openers. I know he had the nasty appendix problem early on but Chris Nash has become Cameo Chris - when he does get going he can't go on and get a decent score. Plent of low scores thrown in as well. Wells is a huge disappointment this season and he and Brown have played enough at 1st eleven level to develop some consistency.
[quote][p][bold]Uckfield Seagull[/bold] wrote: I would seriously have kept the faith with Mr Goodwin, Sussex through and through and would of scored runs this year in all formats, may not of been 1200/1300 but would of been far more beneficial than many in our teams. Next season is a big season for Robinson, needs to bring in some players and get rid of the dross, Liddle, Zaidi etc[/p][/quote]Liddle won't go as he had a couple of better performances at the end of the 50 over season.In general though Robbo has signed the likes of Jordan and Cachopa and deserves credit for this. Considering Jordan was released by Surrey, it was one of the best signings anywhere in the last few years. Unfortunately CJ's on an incremental contract with England so we're not getting compensated when he's not with us. We can all see the difference between the Warwickshire match when CJ was playing for us and the Yorkshire game when he wasn't. Agree with posters re the openers. I know he had the nasty appendix problem early on but Chris Nash has become Cameo Chris - when he does get going he can't go on and get a decent score. Plent of low scores thrown in as well. Wells is a huge disappointment this season and he and Brown have played enough at 1st eleven level to develop some consistency. jcd1972
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