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STUMPS: Foxes frustrate Sussex on rain-affected day at Hove


On a rain-affected day at The 1st Central County Ground, Sussex were frustrated by Leicestershire, and indeed Paul Horton, on the second day of their Specsavers County Championship match, despite two wickets for the Sussex's young paceman George Garton.

The former Lancashire opener made 100 as Leicestershire reached 300 for 4, replying to Sussex’s 163 in the 43.2 overs possible because of rain and bad light.

But with a lead of 133 and wickets in hand, Leicestershire are still in a strong position thanks to the foundations laid by Horton and his captain, Mark Cosgrove, who put on 114 for the third wicket in 32 overs.

It was Horton’s 22nd first-class hundred, which he reached with a cut off Danny Briggs that brought him his 14th four, and came after he passed 50 in three of his four previous Championship innings for his new county.

However, he lasted only two more balls before he was caught behind down the leg side off Garton, sent on his way after a consultation between umpires Ian Gould and Nigel Llong. His runs came off 174 balls and he batted for just over four hours.

Even with floodlights on from the start, which was delayed until 2.10pm because of morning drizzle, batting conditions weren’t ideal although there was little in the pitch to assist Sussex’s seamers.

Sussex captain Ben Brown brought left-arm spinner Danny Briggs into the attack in the 54th over but it was leg-spinner Luke Wells, who bowled six overs either side of tea, who offered more threat and an appeal for a catch at the wicket off Mark Pettini when the ball turned out of the rough was turned down.

Garton was the pick of the Sussex attack in two lively spells down the slope. The 19-year-old left-armer worked up a decent pace, swung the ball both ways and was rewarded with a second wicket after tea.

Having just been on-driven for four by Cosgrove, he produced the perfect inswinging yorker which knocked out two stumps and Leicestershire’s captain was gone for 80, made from 136 balls with ten fours.

It halted a stand of 49 in 12 overs with Brighton-born Pettini, who ended the day unbeaten on 42 with Niall O’Brien on seven. The umpires brought the players off at 5.20pm because of bad light and play was abandoned for the day at aroudn 6.00pm when rain arrived.

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