SUSSEX V GLOUCESTERSHIRE
Specsavers County Championship -
12 August 2016
Sussex won by an innings and two runs
Sussex secured an early win on day four of the Specsavers County Championship match with Gloucestershire.
Sussex required 17 balls on the final day to take the last of the nine Gloucestershire wickets they needed to win by an innings and two runs.
Sussex had taken control of the game on the second and third days, as centuries from Luke Wells and Ben Brown built a 160-run lead on first innings. With Liam Norwell absent with a head injury sustained while batting on the second morning, Sussex only required nine second innings wicket and, either side of tea on Monday, they picked up eight of them for just 112.
In their way stood the Taylor brothers, Jack and Matt, who – even with an extra eight overs taken on the third day – made it to stumps just 11 runs behind, with the former smiting three sixes in his 52 not out.
On the final morning, their resistance briefly continued, with Matt punching Steve Magoffin through the covers for four in the first over, and Jack – who looked to farm the strike – hitting Chris Jordan down the ground for four more.
But in Magoffin’s second over, Jack Taylor looked to clear the infield and smash Gloucestershire into the lead, but was bowled for 56 to become the Australian’s seventh wicket of the match. Jordan finished with 4 for 36 in the second innings to go with his 52 runs.
Sussex gained the maximum 24 points from the match, while Gloucestershire took six. Both teams have five games left in the season, and Sussex remain unbeaten, although nine of their matches have ended in draws.
Speaking after the match, Michael Klinger said “Their first innings we could have restricted them to a few less, and we would have liked more first innings runs. 450 not 360 makes them play differently when they come out to bat. We could have taken more control if we weren’t 40 for four, but from there 360 was a pretty good result. In the second innings we were under pressure from good bowling and weren’t up to it to withstand that”
“We need to get better [as a batting unit]. We can’t be a top two or three team if we keep doing that. We need to be more consistent, that’s when we will become more a better side. It’s about having the mindset of doing it time and time again. If someone misses out, others need to step up.”
Brothers Jack and Matt Taylor produced some resistance to keep Sussex waiting for victory in their Specsavers County Championship clash at Hove. Gloucestershire’s last-wicket pair survived for 11.2 overs after Sussex claimed the extra half hour to try and force victory in three days, taking their side to 149 for 8 at stumps with Liam Norwell unable to bat after suffering a concussion on the second day. They still need 11 runs to make Sussex bat again.
After piling up 527 to take a first-innings lead of 160, Sussex reduced Gloucestershire to 112 for 8 with Chris Jordan taking four wickets in two impressive spells down the slope. But Jack Taylor struck successive sixes off Luke Wells to go to an unbeaten half-century and Matt showed the sort of determination lacking in some of his team-mates as he defied Jordan and the impressive Jofra Archer on a pitch offering assistance to the quicks.
Ben Brown set the tone by scoring 113 at nearly a run a ball – his second century of the season – in a stand of 147 in 30 overs with Jordan, who contributed 52. At 516 for 6 Sussex would have fancied an even greater lead, but they carelessly lost their last four wickets for 11 in 6.1 overs, giving the Gloucestershire attack some belated respite.
The visitors were soon under pressure again however. Steve Magoffin, who took five wickets in the first innings, pinned Will Tavare with his seventh ball and before tea Jordan had claimed two wickets, knocking back Benny Howell’s middle stump before Chris Dent (15) was caught behind off an attempted upper cut in the last over before the break. Gloucestershire slumped to 34 for 4 when skipper Michael Klinger, who made an unbeaten 129 in the first innings, drove airily in David Wiese’s first over. Phil Mustard and Hamish Marshall (15) affected a recovery of sorts, but on 81 Marshall was superbly taken one-handed to his left at short leg by Christian Davis to give left-arm spinner Danny Briggs a wicket with his first ball.
Mustard (19) was given a torrid time by Archer but eventually succumbed to spin when his sweep shot struck Davis, looped into the air and Jordan ran across from slip to take an excellent diving catch. Graeme van Burren (1), who spent time off the field after losing a tooth and injuring his shoulder, was pinned in front when Jordan returned for a second spell and the England man then had Craig Miles (2) caught at leg gully unsuccessfully trying to fend off a bouncer, but Sussex were unable to prise apart the defiant Taylor brothers.
The first half of the day had been dominated by Brown, who made sure the good work done by Sussex’s top order on the second day did not go to waste. Matt Taylor picked up two wickets with the second new ball as Wiese (47) was caught long leg off a mis-timed pull before Luke Wells fell lbw to a ball which straightened on the left-hander. Wells hit 18 fours in his 120 from 257 balls.
But Brown improvised well and punished anything off the straight as he raced to his first 50 from just 45 balls and Jordan gave him excellent support as the Gloucestershire attack felt the strain of Norwell’s absence. Taylor took 4 for 120 but it was their part-time bowlers who finished the innings. Dent took two wickets with his off breaks, bowling Jordan for 52 before Brown missed an attempted reverse sweep after hitting 14 fours and a six in 118 balls.
An unbeaten century from Luke Wells put Sussex in a strong position after two days of their Specsavers County Championship match against Gloucestershire at Hove. The left-hander went to his fourth hundred of the season two balls before stumps when he pulled Hamish Marshall for four, closing on 102 as Sussex 326 for 4 in reply to Gloucestershire’s 367. He was ably supported by Chris Nash and skipper Luke Wright, who both made half-centuries, but Wells dominated on a flat pitch against an attack hampered by the absence of new-ball bowler Liam Norwell.
The 25-year-old needed a hospital check-up after he was hit on the helmet trying to evade a short ball from Chris Jordan earlier in the day. Matt Taylor and Craig Miles picked up the slack in his absence and when Taylor removed Nash for 66 and Championship debutant Christian Davis for a six-ball duck in successive overs Gloucestershire had hope. But the two Lukes – Wells and Wright – wrested back the initiative in a stand of 116 in 31 overs during which Wright played some handsome drives through the off side and Wells picked the gaps fluently, particularly against off-spinner Jack Taylor, who had a long bowl but found precious little help from a pitch which offered the bowlers little assistance once the ball had gone soft.
Nash and Ed Joyce had started the Sussex innings in confident fashion, putting on 59 untroubled runs in 13 overs before Joyce played all round a fullish-length delivery from Miles and was bowled for 25. Wells, who passed 5,000 first-class runs when he reached 30, and Nash added 79 but Nash was hit on the right hand by Matt Taylor shortly after passing 50 for the sixth time this season. He pulled the left-armer’s next ball to the boundary but in Taylor’s next over he tempted Nash (66) into a loose drive to slip.
Davis, out for a duck in his only previous first-team appearance, lasted six balls before Taylor had him held of a mis-controlled pull at leg gully but Wright and Wells held firm and then began to punish a tiring attack after tea. Wright (56) carelessly slapped a delivery from Miles to cover shortly after reaching only his second fifty of the season but all-rounder David Wiese played attractively for his unbeaten 38 in an unbroken stand of 70 in 18 overs for the fifth wicket with Wells, who has so far hit 15 fours from 225 balls faced. Earlier, Gloucestershire skipper Michael Klinger had finished unbeaten on 129 after his side added 35 runs in 50 minutes to their overnight 332 for 7.
Klinger took a single off the first ball of the day to bring up the 100 stand for the eighth wicket with Miles but with the next ball Steve Magoffin knocked back Miles’ off stump for 56 to complete his first five-wicket haul of the season. Norwell tried to continue after receiving lengthy treatment when he was struck on the helmet but eventually went off and Wiese bowled Matt Taylor (4) in his first over of the day to finish off the innings.
Speak after the second day of play Michael Klinger said: “Liam Norwell won’t play any further part in this match. He got hit on the side of the helmet and was a bit groggy and he went for a check-up. He’s fine now but we need to monitor him.”
“The bowlers worked hard in his absence, the effort was certainly there and hopefully we can make inroads with the new ball in the morning. From 34 for 4 I guess we’d have taken 367 but it’s a good batting wicket and in all honesty we’d have liked a few more runs.”
Michael Klinger stood his ground in every sense at Hove today, scoring 106 not out to lead a gutsy Gloucestershire recovery to 332 for 7 on the opening day of their Specsavers County Championship Division Two match against Sussex.
A partnership of 133 in 31 overs between Klinger and Phil Mustard, who made a punchy 71 off 99 balls, revived Gloucestershire from the depths of 34 for 4, and Australian batsman Klinger, Gloucestershire’s 36-year-old captain, then kept going in nuggety style to reach the 30th first-class hundred of his career.
With Craig Miles coming in at No 9 to score an unbeaten 56, from 88 balls and with seven fours, it even turned out to be Gloucestershire’s day by a significant margin. At stumps, Klinger had faced 244 balls, hitting 11 fours to accompany a six flicked off his pads off a wicketless and frustrated Chris Jordan.
Sussex, however, thought they had removed Klinger for 29 when he looked to have been caught by Christian Davis at point. Shortly before lunch, he square cut Steve Magoffin and saw the fielder dive forward to claim a low left-handed catch. All Sussex’s players appealed, too, but Klinger chose to stay put – clearly feeling the ball had not carried – and, after a lengthy discussion, umpires Billy Taylor and Graham Lloyd ruled not out.
Gloucestershire were 91 for 4 at the time, with Klinger and Mustard in the middle of their rebuilding work, and after lunch the fifth wicket pair further flourished before Mustard drove over a ball from left-arm spinner Danny Briggs and was bowled. The left-hander had hit twelve fours in a fine knock of controlled aggression.
Magoffin had earlier earned himself figures of 3 for 11 in an eight-over new ball spell of surgical precision, and the veteran seamer was well-supported by Jofra Archer, the exciting 21-year-old former West Indies Under-19 fast bowler playing in just his third first-class game, who then nipped out Hamish Marshall.
The 36-year-old Magoffin struck first at the start of his third over, with Will Tavare bowled for 2 aiming to mid-wicket, and then he had both Graeme van Buuren (4) and Chris Dent (11) caught behind by Ben Brown with movement off the seam.
Gloucestershire might have been 19 for 4 if Marshall had been caught by Briggs in the gully, off Magoffin, fencing at the first ball he faced, but Archer’s pace and bounce was soon too much for the former New Zealand Test batsman as, on 6, he fended to first slip where Jordan took a sharp chest-high catch.
Jack Taylor, who scored 29 in a further partnership of 62 for the sixth wicket with Klinger, also played his part by hanging on gamely against Sussex’s seamers on a pitch offering good bounce and carry.
Gloucestershire wobbled slightly again at 233 for 7, after Taylor flashed the deserving Magoffin to first slip and Benny Howell edged David Wiese to keeper Brown to go for a duck, but Miles joined Klinger to take on the second new ball in spirited fashion and help his skipper to add an unbroken 99 in 24 overs and set the seal on a superb revival.
Richard Dawson, Gloucestershire’s head coach, said: “Michael was well within his rights to stay there. The umpires didn’t give him out. That’s it. He played a magnificent innings and had great support from Phil Mustard, Jack Taylor and then Craig Miles at the end of the day. The pitch is offering something and Michael has got us into a great position – especially from 34 for 4.
“He is such a consistent person, in terms of his training and preparation for cricket and in the way he performs. He’s an honest bloke and hungry to succeed and make big runs. He leads by example.”
Gloucestershire won the toss and elected to bat.
Chris Nash | Edmund Joyce | Luke Wells | Luke Wright | David Wiese | Ben Brown | Chris Jordan | Jofra Archer | Danny Briggs | Christian Davis | Steven Magoffin |
William Tavare | Christopher Dent | Graeme van Buuren | Michael Klinger | Hamish Marshall | Phil Mustard | Benny Howell | Jack Taylor | Craig Miles | Liam Norwell | Matthew Taylor |