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REPORT: Wickets for Robinson with seam and spin on day two

20-Sep-2017

On the Chester-le-Street ground where he made a century on debut two years ago, Sussex's Ollie Robinson underlined his all-round qualities in the Specsavers County Championship match against Durham.

He took three wickets with his usual seam and one with off spin as Graham Clark's unbeaten 73 carried Durham to 321 for six, 25 behind.

Robinson revived Sussex by removing both Tom Latham and Cameron Steel after they had batted through the day's first 44 overs to take their second-wicket stand to 163.

He almost had Latham when trying two overs of off-spin just before lunch. Having reached 50 off 92 balls with seven fours, the New Zealand left-hander was almost bowled round his legs. In the same over he survived a sharp chance to Chris Jordan at slip.

Latham also looked fortunate to survive a Stuart Whittingham lbw appeal on 37, but both batsmen looked supremely comfortable in the first hour after lunch.

Both got out to miscued pulls off Robinson, however. Steel fell for 73 when he found George Garton at deep mid-wicket and four overs later Latham skied to Laurie Evans at deep backward square to depart for 77.

Robinson tried his spin again for three overs before taking the second new ball. His seventh delivery had Ryan Pringle lbw on the back foot.

Left-armer Garton claimed the scalp of Paul Collingwood in his second spell. The Durham skipper got off the mark by driving wide of mid-on for four, but two balls later Garton skidded one through to pin him bang in front.

Jordan ran in strongly and deserved some reward, but his only success came from a ball which moved sharply away off the pitch and took Michael Richardson's edge on its way to Michael Burgess's gloves.

Clark was missed by Jordan at slip off Robinson on ten but soon began  pulling strongly and had eight fours in his 72-ball 50.

 Bad light ended play with ten overs left with Clarke and Brydon Carse having put on 42 for the seventh wicket.


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