Wednesday, 31st May 2006

Rana and Wright rally Sussex


Vs: Sussex

Match: LVCC 2

Venue: Horsham

Day 1

Sussex won the toss and elected to bat first on a slow Horsham wicket, and at the end of an excellent dayís cricket the home side had reached 373-9.

The Sussex openers made a slow start against the Middlesex seam attack of Silverwood and Keegan. Middlesex were again without last seasonís leading wicket taker Alan Richardson, who is due to go into hospital for an operation on his elbow. Mohammad Ali and Johann Louw came into the attack but without success, and it was Jamie Dalrymple, coming out in the 21st over, who got the breakthrough when he had Montgomerie caught at the wicket for 26.

Murray Goodwin joined Hopkinson at the wicket and they saw the championship leaders through to lunch at 89-1, with Hopkinson reaching his fifty in the last over.

The Sussex total advanced to 107, at which point Hopkinson hit Louw straight to Compton at cover to be dismissed for 62 (off 128 balls, 6 fours). Sussex skipper Chris Adams and Goodwin added 49 runs for the third wicket before Ben Hutton swung a ball through Adamís defence and was bowled. It was Huttonís first championship wicket since 2004 and he followed up by bowling Matt Prior in his following over.

Goodwin and Martin-Jenkins took Sussex through to tea at 205-4 with Goodwin reaching a fifty off 149 balls (5 fours).

Middlesex made a breakthrough immediately after tea with Jamie Dalrymple taking two wickets in four balls. First to go was Goodwin who was caught by Chad Keegan for 55, and Rayner, making his championship debut, was trapped LBW playing across the line for a duck. Martin-Jenkins reached 37 before Mohammad Ali caught & bowled him with the third delivery of a new spell from the church end to reduce Sussex to 231-7.

Rana Naved was soon striking the ball to all parts, taking twenty runs off two Jamie Dalrymple overs and Luke Wright then hit Dalrymple for a six and four. The new ball was taken but Naved reached his fifty with a six off Chad Keegan (off only 41 balls, 2 sixes & 6 fours) and Wright reached his shortly after the hundred partnership came up (off 73 balls, 2 sixes & 4 fours).

Chris Silverwood broke the stand by bowling Naved for 64 (off 51 balls, 2 sixes, 7 fours) and then dismissed Wright caught behind off the last ball of the same over for 59 (off 90 balls, 2 sixes, 6 fours).

Mushtaq Ahmed scored 24 off only 18 balls faced, as Sussex finished the day on
373-9 (after 104 overs). Jamie Dalrymple took 3-81 off 20 overs, Chris Silverwood
2-58 also off 20 overs, Ben Hutton 2-20 off 8 overs, Mohammad Ali 1-61 off 18 overs, Johann Louw 1-65 off 21 overs, and Chad Keegan 0-80 off 17 overs

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