Friday, 5th May 2006

Sussex/Essex gain victory over Kent/Middlesex

FIXTURE

Vs: Sussex/Essex

Match: Other

Venue: Hove

Day 1 - 3

Kent/ Middlesex Seconds in their 3-Day joint friendly with Sussex/Essex Seconds at Hove on Wednesday May 3rd won the toss and batted first. They were soon in trouble as they collapsed to 13-2 in the fourth over with Billy Godleman and Eoin Morgan both gone, from here they recovered slightly to 105-3 in the 24th when Jo Denly, was run out by Jahid Ahmed for 67. At this point David Nash joined Niall O’Brien and then took the score to 157-3 at lunch.

After lunch the two wicketkeepers took their partnership to 181 when Niall O’Brien was out for 136 in the 64th over. David Nash went in the next over for 63 and Sussex/Essex had reduced them to 289-5, no further lose occurred before tea at 306-5. After tea contributions of 56 not out, 20, 26 from Rob Ferley, Matthew Dennington and Chad Keegan respectively enabled them to declare at 404-7 with Tim Linley (2-43) and Dave Burton (2-44) both taking two wickets.

By the close Sussex Essex had reached 29-1 from 13 overs with Neil Turk gone for 11. When Sean Heather went just after lunch on the second afternoon for 51, having put on 122 with Varun Chopra for the third wicket, they were 169-3. This soon became 207-4 when Varun Chopra was out for 128. Tea was reached at 319-6 thanks to some big hitting from Alex Tudor with 70 not out as they declared at this point 85 behind. Chad Keegan (2-30), Daniel Masters (2-70) and Chris Whelan (2-31) all took two wickets for Kent/Middlesex.

The close was reached with Kent/Middlesex on 82-1 from 34 overs, with Jo Denly the only dismissal for 28. The third morning started bright and sunny under clear skies but this soon changed to sea mist and fret, which stayed for the rest of the day. Eoin Morgan and Billy Godleman took their partnership for the second wicket to 116 when Billy Godleman went for 60, at 162-2. Eoin Morgan continued on and reached his century just before lunch. Kent/Middlesex declared on 226-2 with Eoin Morgan on 108 not out and set Sussex/Essex 312 from 62 overs.

At tea they had reached 134-1, for the loss of Neil Turk for 28, which included 5 penalty runs awarded when Eoin Morgan fielded the ball with Niall O’ Brien’s wicket keeping glove. The second time in two days this had occurred in a match involving Sussex, a similar incident having occurred in their first team match with Yorkshire at Headingley the previous day. In the second over after tea Sean Heather went for 25 with no addition to the score. When the last hour started 89 was still required form 16 overs, they collapsed to 239-5, including Varun Chopra gone for 122 his second hundred of the match, with 13 overs still remaining. From this point they reached their target with 5 balls to spare mainly due to some big hitting from Alex Tudor (38) and Ollie Rayner (23 not out) as they reached 315-7 to win by 3 wickets, despite spinners Rob Ferley (3-116) and Chris Peploe (2-90) taking 5 wickets after tea.

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