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REPORT: Sussex defeated by Kent in Specsavers County Championship


Vernon Philander hit a unbeaten 73 but Sussex were defeated at Tunbridge Wells

Sussex were defeated at Tunbridge Wells this weekend, as neighbours Kent wrapped up a 147-run win in the Specsavers County Championship.

Sam Northeast’s unbeaten side required 43.4 overs to take the last four Sussex wickets and secure their fourth win of the campaign to remain on the shirt-tails of divisional leaders Nottinghamshire.

Resuming on their overnight score of 182 for 6 – and still 322 shy of their victory target of 504 – Sussex showed great resilience in only losing two wickets in the first session.

Kent were made to wait 39 minutes for their first breakthough when James Harris rushed one past the outside edge of David Wiese (34) to take off stump.

Michael Burgess could have been following him back to the pavilion with his score on 64, but Will Gidman at first slip fluffed his lines by dropping a decent chance off the bowling of Matt Coles.

The Kent seamer had his man four runs later though, trapping Burgess lbw with an off-cutter to end the Sussex keeper’s 252-minute vigil and send the visitors into lunch eight down.

After a short shower during the interval and the loss of five overs, Kent resumed after the break to strike with the second delivery. Jofra Archer (27) moved back and a across his stumps aiming to leg, only to miss a full-delivery from James Harris and cause umpire Steve Gale to raise the finger for lbw.

Vernon Philander continued to frustrate his former county into the mid-session by moving to his season’s first championship half-century from 69 balls and with seven fours and a six.

Harris then bagged his fourth wicket of the innings to remove last man Danny Briggs lbw for 18. The tail-ender swished to the leg-side to be sent packing by umpire Gale.

Philander was unbeaten with 73 but deserved winners Kent banked 23 points, with Sussex taking three points from the match.

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