Jofra Archer made a painful impression as he continued his return to full fitness.

The England paceman took the new ball as Sussex Sharks beat Oxfordshire by 62 runs in a 50-overs friendly at Hove yesterday.

He bowled with pace and bounce as Sharks defended a score of 285-9 in which skipper Tom Haines made 105.

Archer struck Oxfordshire opener Tom Cosford as he tried to pull a brisk, shortish delivery from the Cromwell Road End.

Cosford had to retire hurt.

Archer bowled six wicketless overs, all early in the innings, at a cost of 14.

Travis Head took 3-23 having earlier made a run-a-ball 55.

Ali Orr added 30 from just 18 balls late on and Oli Carter 22 from 15.

Haines though, provided the backbone of the innings.


He got off to a flying start in the Championship this season but, like many, has had an up and down year and had to self-isolate for ten days recently.

He returned last week with 94 at Kent.

Batting at three, his runs this time came from 122 balls, including ten fours, and he went to three figures with a pull through mid-wicket.

Harry Smith scored 42 at the top of the Oxfordshire card before he was bowled by James Coles.

Oxfordshire were 94-5, and effectively six batsmen down, but Hayden Roussow counter-attacked to good effect with 93 off 81 balls.

Archer is about a month from full fitness as he recovers from elbow surgery.

He stepped up his contribution after bowling three overs against Kent in the Vitality Blast on Sunday.

Sussex spinner Jack Carson enjoyed a magic moment as he played for a County Select XI against the Indian tourists.

Carson was called up as one of the brightest young talents on the county circuit.

He outwitted Cheteshwar Pujara to have the India star stumped.

It was a notable scalp which was brought into sharper context by @WisdenCricket.

Their Twitter feed revealed Pujara has only been out stumped once in 144 Test innings and, on that occasion, he had made 135.

He scored 21 this time. Carson finished with 1-71 from 18 overs at the Riverside.