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REPORT & REACTION: Sussex draw with Glamorgan as Lloyd defies home attack


Stuart Whittingham bowled with pace and venom for Sussex

Sussex were thwarted in their last day victory push against Glamorgan, as David Lloyd led the resistance with an unbeaten hundred as the visitors secured a hard-fought Specsavers County Championship draw, at The 1st Central County Ground, Hove.

Sussex, who are still undefeated after eight games, had opportunities to gain what would have been only their second win of the season.

When Will Bragg was run out by Will Beer’s direct hit from mid-wicket two overs before lunch, Glamorgan were 108 for 4 and still trailed by 109.

But Lloyd and Aneurin Donald joined forces in the afternoon to add 86 in 25 overs, and although Donald eventually lost his off stump to Ajmal Shahzad for 44 playing no shot, there was no shifting Lloyd.

He offered a chance on 66 but Luke Wright failed to hold on to a difficult opportunity at third slip off Stuart Whittingham, who was the pick of Sussex’s seam attack. Lloyd and Jacques Rudolph saw off the second new ball during a stand of 93 in 24 overs and Lloyd, one of only three Glamorgan batsmen to lodge a Championship century this season, reached his second hundred of the campaign by hitting successive deliveries from Will Beer to the boundary.

He finished 102 not out from 168 balls, with 14 fours and a six, with Glamorgan 306 for 6 when the captains shook hands immediately after Lloyd got to three figures.

Glamorgan, resuming on 30 for 1, lost Mark Wallace in the third over of the day when Whittingham angled one across him and Ross Taylor held a low catch at slip.

There was some slow turn for Sussex’s spinners and Briggs struck in his sixth over when he ended 26 overs of gutsy resistance by night-watchman Owen Morgan by bowling him for 36.

But it was hard work for the Sussex attack on a painfully slow pitch and Lloyd got his head down impressively. He hit a straight six off Will Beer and even when Sussex took the second new ball their tiring attack struggled to make much headway. Rudolph was eventually caught behind for 38 off an under-edge as he shaped to cut Briggs but Glamorgan were 70 in front by then and Sussex’s hopes of forcing victory had virtually disappeared.

A slow surface defied them in the end as only 20 wickets fell in four days, one of those to a run out.

Sussex took 11 points from their seventh draw of the season and Glamorgan nine.

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