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REPORT: Murray mint half-century puts Sussex in the lead

27-May-2012


Sussex go into Day Four of their LV=County Championship clash with Nottinghamshire at The PROBIZ County Ground, Hove, 58 runs ahead of their visitors with six second innings wickets still remaining.

Nottinghamshire could add only two runs this morning until Sussex were back amongst the wickets. Adam Voges got a leading edge from James Anyon as Monty Panesar took the catch at mid-on before Riki Wessels, who had played so well a day previously, nicked Steve Magoffin behind to Ben Brown as he fell one short of a maiden first-class double hundred.

Sussex smelt blood and looked to clear up the lower order. Monty again found himself called into action in the field, Ben Phillips getting a top edge when looking to pull Anyon before Chris Read and Andre Adams aimed to stage a recovery of sorts.

It was Anyon, wicketless on Saturday, again though who did the damage, Adams top-edging him down to Magoffin at fine leg and whilst Notts moved past 400, it wasn’t long before Sussex removed the final two batsmen to contain their visitors to what looked like a manageable lead. Read aimed to put Chris Nash over the top and struggled to get to the pitch, only being able to sky the ball to Anyon at mid-off and no further runs had been added when Naveed Arif Gondal ripped out Harry Gurney’s stumps to end Nottinghamshire’s innings on 428.

A lead of 119 represented a decent morning’s work for Sussex’s bowlers as Nash and Joyce went out to bat once again. They brought up their half-century stand before the former was trapped lbw by Andy Carter, the score 64 at the fall of the first wicket.

Joyce followed soon after. Looking to cut Samit Patel, he was bowled by the wily England bowler and Joe Gatting falling for only a single, Carter sneaking another one through, saw a mini-collapse for the hosts.

Murray Goodwin and skipper Michael Yardy set about a recovery mission and took Sussex into the tea interval at 95 for 3. But Carter, who failed to take a wicket in Sussex’s first effort at the crease, picked up his third scalp in the second over after tea, with Yardy inbetween that of a frontfoot and backfoot shot to go leg-before.

Goodwin and the in-form Luke Wright brought up the 150 but what could still prove to be a crucial moment followed shortly after as Ben Phillips couldn’t hold on to Wright’s full-bloodied drive for a return catch. It was Goodwin’s evening though as he brought up his first half-century of the season, a much-needed knock for both him and his team at this crucial stage of the game.

Day Four of this intriguing match begins at 11.00am tomorrow morning with Sussex in good shape and hoping to increase their lead and will resume on 177 for 4.

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