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REPORT & REACTION: Sussex's unbeaten record falls as Kent triumph at Hove


Craig Cachopa top-scored for Sussex with 34

Sussex's unbeaten record in the Specsavers County Championship came to an end today as Kent wrapped up victory by an innings and 127 runs at The 1st Central County Ground, Hove.

Their first Championship win at Hove since 1992 has for now moved Kent level on points at the top with Essex, who are pushing for victory themselves against Worcestershire at Chelmsford.

Sussex lost eight wickets in 27.5 overs on Day Three of this match. Kent seamers Mitch Claydon, Hardus Viljeon and Matt Coles took three wickets each as Sussex suffered their first Championship defeat of the season to dent their own slim chance of making a late charge for promotion.

The more experienced pair in the line-up of Chris Nash and Luke Wells both fell within 30 minutes of the resumption. Nash (23) got a beauty from Viljoen which pitched and left him off the seam then Wells tried to cut a ball that gave second slip Coles a head-high catch.

Coles found some extra bounce to have Fynn Hudson-Prentice (20) caught off the glove and top-scorer Cachopa (34) gave a catch to wicketkeeper Sam Billings, moving in front of first slip.

Skipper Ben Brown (19) could consider himself unfortunate when he played on to a ball from Darren Stevens that hardly bounced. Ollie Robinson (6) guided a ball from Coles to third man, Danny Briggs (4) was pinned by Claydon’s nip-backer and with lunch delayed after the ninth wicket fell, Claydon wrapped things up when last man Steve Magoffin (8) was caught behind.

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