Ali Orr celebrated a “very special feeling” as Sussex enjoyed a landmark win.

The county beat Derbyshire by five wickets on an extraordinary final day to secure their first Championship victory since April last year.

It was their first four-day success at Hove in almost two years and their first in front of their own members since 2019.

Orr made a career-best 141 and enjoyed brilliant support from Mohammad Rizwan on the Pakistan international’s final appearance for the county.

Sussex’s youthful side have had some challenging times – and the club have come under fire for asking too much of them too soon.

But Orr, 21, believes this success can be a huge turning point for them.

The opener from Eastbourne said: “There are some young guys in our team who haven’t been on the winning side for us in the Championship so to win that is a very special feeling after four hard days, everyone in our dressing room is so happy.


“Hopefully this is a springboard for us.

“It’s massive for our confidence for the rest of the season, something for us to build on.”

Orr fired 15 fours and six sixes as Sussex set about chasing 342 on a final day shortened by morning rain.

He said: “When they (Derbyshire) pulled out this morning after the rain, we had a feeling we could win. It spun a bit but it’s been a good wicket throughout and we believed in ourselves.

“Having Mohammad Rizwan at the other end took all the pressure off, even when I got out. He was so calm and had the chase under control.”