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REPORT: Brown sets seamers up on day two

30-Aug-2017

The Championship match between Sussex and Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay continued to progress at pace on Tuesday.

Matching Monday’s tally, 13 wickets were taken on day two. This left the hosts on 126-6 with a lead of 152 when play was called off at around six o’clock due to bad light.

Resuming on their overnight score of 79-3, Sussex soon found themselves in a spot of bother. 

Sussex lost five wickets for 108 runs in the morning session, with Chris Nash alone amongst the dismissed batsmen in looking comfortable at the crease.

He made a sprightly 42, including nine fours, before edging to Aneurin Donald at slip to give Glamorgan their sixth wicket with the score on 139.

Ben Brown watched on from the other end as Nash departed and as it became clear that another of his trademark rescue operations would be needed to keep Sussex in touch.

In his usual busy manner, Brown set to work in eroding the first innings deficit. Minimising risk, running hard and picking his moments to attack, Brown’s innings was characterised by exactly the kind of good judgement a side wants from their captain.

He marshalled the tail expertly and was rewarded with small but crucial contributions from Chris Jordan, David Wiese,Ollie Robinson and Jofra Archer.

Between them, those four added 64 to the Sussex total, but most importantly bought Brown an extra two hours to go about his work.

The final four wickets were worth 129 runs, almost half of an all-out total of 268 that left Sussex 26 runs short of Glamorgan’s first innings effort.

Sussex added 43 for the tenth wicket alone, with Jofra Archer giving Brown a rest from run-making duties as he went about making 27 from 30 balls. 

He was unbeaten when Brown was the last man out, bowled by Craig Meschede for 77. This was Brown’s fifth half-century in nine innings in the Championship this year.

Having battled to keep themselves in the game, Sussex then seized the upper-hand with a fine bowling display.

Glamorgan made reasonably serene progress in reaching 69-1 in their second innings, before the triad of Archer, Jordan and Robinson stamped their authority on proceedings.

Losing five for 35, Glamorgan slumped to 104-6 as the three seamers proved irresistible. Robinson initiated the collapse when he had Owen Morgan caught by Jordan, before Jordan himself struck twice in successive overs.

Angus Robson played a big role in the second of Jordan’s wicket, taking a stunning, athletic catch at point to get rid of Donald. 

Robinson then picked up his seventh wicket of the match as Kiran Carlson was caught behind, before Archer got in the act as he forced Andrew Salter to edge behind and grant Brown his third catch of the innings.

Meschede and Tom Cullen saw the hosts through to the premature close at 126-6. How long they and the remainder of the Glamorgan batting lineup can last on day three will go a long way to determining the outcome of this topsy-turvy encounter. 


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