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REPORT: Briggs and Finch star for Sussex on final day of friendly with Surrey


Danny Briggs was the pick of the bowling for Sussex on the final day of the pre-season friendly with Surrey

Danny Briggs and Harry Finch were the stars for the Sussex today on the final day of the three-day friendly match with Surrey at The 1st Central County Ground, Hove.

The two sides agreed to bat for 45 overs each on the final day of this affair and it was Sussex who took to the crease first this morning.

The hosts lost opener Phil Salt with the score still on 0 but Finch and Delray Rawlins (39) put on 91 for the first wicket before the latter fell to the spin of Surrey skipper Gareth Batty.

Finch went on to top-score with 63 before also departing to spin, this time Amar Virdi the wicket-taker, whilst Laurie Evans made 13 when he became victim to Stuart Meaker.

Jofra Archer (44 not out) and Ollie Robinson (34 not out) both showed their nous with the bat once again as they put on an unbroken stand of 58 to take Sussex through to a final score of 196 for 6 from their 45 overs.

It was then Surrey’s turn to bat and the visitors made 168 for 6 from 36.5 overs before play was called for the day. Left-arm spinner Briggs was the star with the ball for Sussex, taking 3 for 30 from nine overs, including the wicket of top-scorer Rory Burns for 47.

There were also wickets for Rawlins and Ajmal Shahzad, whilst Stuart Whittingham and Will Beer got some further overs under their belts.

Sussex have three games before their opening Specsavers County Championship encounter with Kent, which begins on Friday 14th April. Somerset are the visitors to Hove on Monday for a two-day friendly, whilst Hampshire make the trip across the south coast for a similar affair on Thursday and Friday. Cardiff MCCU will then provide the opposition for a three-day first-class match on Friday 7th April.

The match with Somerset on Monday begins at 11.00am and entrance is FREE

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