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STUMPS: Sussex draw with Yorkshire at Arundel

19-Jun-2014

Luke Wells scored his second half-century of the match as Sussex batted through the final day at Arundel to draw their LV County Championship with Yorkshire.

A stalemate had always looked the likely outcome with only eight wickets falling on the last two days on a slow pitch offering precious little assistance to either seamers or spinners.

Wells suffered a side strain in last week’s match against Somerset and needed an injection to be able to play so his 81, which followed 74 in the first innings, was a worthy effort by the 23-year-old left-hander.

He faced 246 balls and batted for nearly five hours, hitting nine boundaries, before he became a second victim for part-time off-spinner Adam Lyth, who bowled him with a delivery which turned out of the rough.

Sussex had been 154 in arrears after the first innings but lost just one wicket in wiping out the deficit. Opener Chris Nash had played with as much freedom as anyone for his 53 when he pushed forward to off-spinner Azeem Rafiq and was well caught at slip by Lyth.

Wells had a reprieve on 19 when Johnny Bairstow dropped him behind the stumps off Rafiq and by lunch he had added just seven runs to his score.

But he played with more freedom in the afternoon session, particularly against the spinners, as he and Rory Hamilton-Brown forged a partnership of 110 for the second wicket to frustrate Yorkshire.

Hamilton-Brown went to his second half-century of the season with six fours and a straight six off Rafiq but on 62 he was caught at backward point to give Lyth only his seventh first-class wicket.

When Wells was third out with the total of 212 there were still 24 hours remaining but Luke Wright and Matt Machan saw Sussex home and the players shook hands at 4.50pm with the home side on 228 for 3 and 74 runs ahead.

WATCH: Rory Hamilton-Brown spoke to BBC Sussex after the draw with Yorkshire at Arundel. Follow the link to the Sussex TV YouTube Channel above to watch

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