Jack Brooks is thrilled to be getting some first team cricket with Sussex.

And he might just have kept them in the running for an unlikely escape act.

The seamer on loan from Somerset took 5-46 in ten overs yesterday afternoon to keep Derbyshire just about within reach in the Championship game at Hove.

The visitors go into the final day on 127-7, a lead of 341.

Brooks is enjoying his stint at Sussex.

He said: “I came here because I wasn’t getting any cricket at Somerset. and it’s also a place where I always liked playing.

“There’s also a lot of talent here. There are a few rough edges, but they will be a good side, given time.

“I like the pitches we’re getting this season.

“Bowlers have to work out how to take wickets, which makes for better cricket.

“In the past some bowlers have taken more wickets than they should have.”

Mohammad Rizwan completed a first century for Sussex and looks a key figure in any run chase which might materialise today.

Pace bowler Steven Finn said: “Rizwan played a fantastic innings and he’s such a good influence on everyone else.

“It was a wonderful innings by a world-class player.”


Finn hopes for a big finish from Sussex, who remain winless in the Championship.

He added: We’ve seen high totals chased here in the final innings and we’ve seen wickets not deteriorate that much, which means it’s going to be a good game of cricket.”