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STUMPS: Magoffin magnificent for Sussex on attritional day at Arundel


Steve Magoffin helped Sussex defy the half-centuries from skipper Andrew Gale and Jack Leaning, which put Yorkshire in a strong position on the second day of the LV=County Championship match at Arundel.

Gale made 66 before Leaning, the 21-year-old playing only his fourth first-class match, complied an unbeaten 75 as Yorkshire closed on 208 for three, 108 behind after Sussex had earlier been dismissed for 316.

A desperately slow pitch was extremely hard work for the bowlers, but Sussex’s attack, led by the outstanding Magoffin, stuck to their task well.

In four spells, Magoffin bowled 23 overs including 13 maidens and picked up more wickets to take his tally for the season to 35.

Gale and fellow opener Alex Lees had given Yorkshire’s reply a solid start even though scoring runs off Magoffin proved virtually impossible. Lees is regarded as a Test opener of the future and it was not hard to see why as he defended solidly during Magoffin’s probing burst with the new ball and attacked at the other end, particularly through the leg side.

But having made 34 he squandered a good start in the last over before lunch when Magoffin got just enough late movement to defeat his defensive stroke and earn a leg before verdict after much deliberation from umpire Richard Kettleborough.

Sussex had to wait another 28 overs for their second wicket as Lyth and Leaning added 75 for the second wicket. Magoffin returned for a third spell just before tea and surprised Lyth with extra bounce and Jon Lewis at long leg took the catch off a mis-timed pull. Lyth had looked in good touch as he took his aggregate for the season to 733 runs with his fifth half-century. He hit six fours and two sixes down the ground off James Tredwell, the Kent off-spinner who was making his debut after joining Sussex on a month’s loan.

Tredwell bowled tidily enough and there was some rough created by left-hander Lewis Hatchett’s follow-through for him to work with. When Andrew Gale tried to sweep out of it after tea he was bowled for five to leave Yorkshire 139 for three. Another wicket at that stage might have tilted the balance Sussex’s way and wicketkeeper Ben Brown dropped a difficult chance offered by Leaning on 58 when he edged Tredwell.

He survived to add 69 in 28 overs with Johnny Bairstow, who batted responsibly in support of his partner to help put their side in a strong position.

Earlier, Jon Lewis and Hatchett had extended their last-wicket stand to 68 before Lewis was held at slip for 61 to give Jack Brooks his second wicket. Sussex’s last three wickets added 128 runs.

WATCH: Sussex's Professional Cricket Manager Mark Robinson spoke to BBC Sussex after play today at Arundel and to hear his reflection on the day, follow the link to the Sussex TV YouTube Channel above

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