Ben Brown said he was proud of his Sussex side as they chased a win at Hove on the final afternoon.

The county had to settle for a draw in the LV= Insurance County Championship with Glamorgan five down.

Sussex were missing at least 11 players for the contest but responded impressively.

Skipper Brown, who scored a century, said: “We are in crazy times.

“I am hugely proud of everyone’s efforts and the attitude.

“A lot of people could have been down about this game but the commitment has been fantastic.

“We dominated the game in the end and, had it not been for some weather, would have had time to win.”

The timing of Sussex’s declaration was questioned.

Brown, who made the call in conjunction with coach Ian Salisbury, said: “We ended up probably getting more than we needed but, without our first bowling attack, we couldn’t take too many risks.

“We actually didn’t expect the pitch to spin as it did.”

Brown reached his 134-ball ton with a six just before Sussex declared, challenging Glamorgan to chase 275 in 51 overs.

But there was only one team in pursuit of victory in the evening sunshine as spinner Jack Carson took three wickets.

Stuart Meaker made the breakthrough when he had David Lloyd caught by Aaron Thomason at second slip.

Carson induced Colin Ingram into a prod to short leg and had Billy Root caught at slip by Oli Carter looking to drive.

The Northern Irishman then created a stumping chance which was not taken as Kyran Carlson went down the pitch.

But there were ecstatic scenes as Joe Cooke was superbly picked up at ankle height by Thomason at short leg off Will Beer.

That left Glamorgan on 95-4 and had Sussex crowding five close catchers around the bat for Beer and Carson.

The latter had the uneasy Carlson caught as he top-edged a sweep.

But Andrew Salter stood firm to ensure there were no serious Glamorgan alarms at the end of a match in which 100 overs were lost to rain.

Still, this was a solid four days’ work by a makeshift Sussex side.

They were disappointed not to see Ali Orr complete a maiden century in only his second Championship appearance.

But the 20-year-old from Eastbourne can reflect with satisfaction on the big part he played in rescuing them from 19-3, a lead of just 30, towards the end of day three.


He batted with patience and maturity until Lloyd pinned him right in front for 80 from 193 balls, including four boundaries.

Brown went on to reach a second ton of the campaign, which included six fours and two late sixes.