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REPORT: Robinson bludgeons Sussex to victory... just!

30-Aug-2017

Danny Briggs played a vital supporting role

Sussex snuck a one wicket victory over Glamorgan on day three of the Specsavers County Championship Division Two fixture at Colwyn Bay.

Having already taken seven wickets in the match, Ollie Robinson was the hero with the bat during a breathless, nerve-shredding finale to a wonderful game of cricket that will leave adrenaline coursing though the veins of supporters late into the evening.

Arriving at the crease at number nine with Sussex still requiring 49 runs to win, Robinson had watched his side lose five wickets for 60 runs. 

Unnerved, however, even after seeing two more batsmen depart cheaply, Robinson backed his ball-striking ability and smote 41 runs off 37 balls to heave Sussex over the line.

His innings included two sweetly struck sixes and it was the second of those that audaciously brought the winning runs and prompted jubilant celebrations on the Sussex balcony.

The unsung hero in all of this was Danny Briggs who remained unperturbed by the Glamorgan attack for 21 minutes and ensured Robinson could finish the job.

Together, the pair put on 32 for the tenth wicket with Briggs contributing three. Their endeavours brought Sussex just their 12th ever one-wicket victory in first-class cricket.

Earlier in the day, Sussex had taken Glamorgan’s remaining four second-innings wickets for 56 runs.

Chris Jordan took three of those, giving him figures of 5-46 and the seventh five-wicket haul of his Championship career. 

Sussex required 209 runs to win and the loss of two early wickets was the first clue that things would not be straightforward. 

A 90-run third-wicket stand between Chris Nash and Stiaan van Zyl and then, after the loss of two wickets with the score on 100, a 55-run partnership between Nash and Ben Brown (37) offered reassurance.

However, when Brown and Nash - who made 68 to go with his 42 in Sussex’s first innings - were dismissed in successive overs, nerves began to jangle once more.

With the total on 156, Sussex still required 52 runs and had just four wickets with which to get them.

When three of those four were lost with 30 runs still needed, Glamorgan had reason to believe that victory would be theirs. That was before they’d reasoned with Robinson.

Sussex’s win was their third in a row in the Championship, and their sixth in eight matches and maintains Ben Brown's unbeaten record as captain since taking over full-time in June. The 21 points gained from the Glamorgan encounter puts Sussex into second position for now, with the four other games in Division Two all going into a final day.

Whatever happens tomorrow, Sussex are very much in the hunt for promotion with four games to play. 

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