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PRE-SEASON: Sussex draw in two-day clash with Combined XI


Sussex began a two-day match in Abu Dhabi on Monday against a combined team of their own players and Yorkshire, who are also in the UAE playing in the Champion Match against the MCC.

On Monday it was agreed that both teams would bat during the day and the Sussex XI batted first to make 228 for 4 in 50 overs at the Zayed Nursery Ground. Harry Finch scored an unbeaten 77 whilst Ashar Zaidi made 68 not out. Michael Yardy, opening the batting scored 48.

The Combined Yorkshire/Sussex XI then batted for 30 overs to make 128 for 3. Ben Brown top-scored with 74 as he and Steffan Piolet (35) put on 90 for the third wicket. Steve Magoffin was the pick of the bowlers for Sussex with 2 for 31 whilst Zaidi picked up the other scalp.

On Day Two the Sussex XI then took to the crease again for 30 overs, scoring 105 for 4. Ajmal Shahzad (33) and Luke Wright (27) were the top-scorers as they set a target for the Combined XI of 206 in 50 overs.

The Combined XI reached 192 for 7 in their 50 overs which saw the match drawn. Will Beer (60) and Piolet (53) both made half-centuries whilst for the Sussex XI there were two wickets apiece for Shahzad, Tymal Mills and Chris Nash.

Sussex play their final warm-up match of the tour on Thursday when they take on a MCC Young Cricketers XI in the Zayed Main Stadium in a 50-over floodlit match.

Sussex XI 228 for 4 and 105 for 4 drew with Combined Yorkshire/Sussex XI 128 for 3 and 192 for 7

Sussex XI: Nash, Yardy, Cachopa, Wright, Finch, Zaidi, Jackson, Shahzad, Magoffin, Mills, Hobden

Combined Yorkshire/Sussex Team: Gale, Wells, Brown, Piolet, Pyrah, Beer, Moses, Liddle, Ashraf, Carver, Fisher, Coad

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