July 18, 2003

Sussex keep the pressure on Surrey

Wisden CricInfo staff

Day 4 report
Frizzell County Championship Division One
Division One Table

Sussex 416 and 166 for 5 beat Leicestershire 320 and 258 by five wickets
Tony Cottey followed his 147 in Sussex's first innings with a steady 58 in a five-wicket win against Leicestershire at Grace Road. Chasing 163, Cottey kept his cool while others fell around him and averted any potential wobbles when he came in at 48 for 2. Mushtaq Ahmed earlier took another five-wicket haul (5 for 96) in his third ten-wicket match of the season as Trevor Ward did his best to give Leicestershire a life-line with a stubborn 50 before he fell to Mushtaq. Robin Martin-Jenkins also took two quick wickets as Leicestershire were bowled out for 258. It was the sixth win of the season for Sussex and it puts them five points behind leaders Surrey, while Leicestershire remain stuck at the bottom.

Kent 602 for 6 dec drew with Lancashire 365 and 244 for 6
Carl Hooper saved Lancashire's bacon with a stylish 128 not out against his old club Kent at Blackpool. Hooper came to the crease with Lancashire in all sorts of trouble at 12 for 3 after Stuart Law was out lbw to Martin Saggers for a duck. Saggers was the pick of the Kent bowling attack (3 for 31) and he removed both openers with only four on the board, but no-one could remove the masterful Hooper. He combined his usual West Indian flair with a touch of Lancashire grit in his 290 minutes at the crease, which featured 17 fours and four sixes. And with the help of Chris Schofield, who made 66, and Warren Hegg (16*), Hooper guided Lancashire to safety.

Middlesex 260 and 281 for 3 drew with Warwickshire 496
Ben Hutton and Sven Koenig secured Middlesex a hard-fought draw against Warwickshire at Southgate. Following on 236 behind, Koenig and Hutton added 159 for the third wicket to guide Middlesex to safety. While Koenig was eventually bowled by Ashley Giles four short of his hundred, Hutton made it to his fourth century of the season shortly before the close. He played out a gutsy 102 not out, including eight fours and four sixes, and with the help of Ed Joyce (22*), Middlesex finished on 281 for 3.

Frizzell County Championship Division Two
Division Two Table

Worcestershire 301 beat Derbyshire 163 and 96 by an innings and 42 runs
Kabir Ali devastated Derbyshire's second innings with career-best figures of 8 for 58, as Worcestershire leapt to the top of Division Two with an emphatic innings-and-42-run victory at New Road. Kabir needed less than eight overs on the final morning to giftwrap the win. Mohammad Kaif became his fourth lbw victim of the innings to leave Derbyshire reeling at 56 for 6, and their last hope had departed. At least the top order had managed to get their pads in his way. The tail had no answer to Kabir's pace and accuracy. Karl Krikken, Kevin Dean were both bowled, and Mohammad Ali nibbled a catch to Steve Rhodes behind the stumps ... all in the space of a single over. Derbyshire's No. 11 Lian Wharton had the right idea - he smacked 30 from 23 balls to prevent complete humiliation at 58 for 9, but Kabir soon cleaned him up to complete a memorable match.

Hampshire 185 and 449 beat Glamorgan 437 and 104 by 93 runs
Chris Tremlett returned second-innings figures of 6 for 51, as Hampshire completed a stunning comeback against Glamorgan at the Rose Bowl. At the close of the second day, Hampshire had been 114 for 4 in the follow-on, still 138 runs from asking Glamorgan to bat again. But yesterday Nic Pothas's century turned the game around, before Tremlett and James Bruce applied the coup de grace this morning. Bruce made the first breakthrough of the day, dismissing Michael Powell for 4, before Tremlett picked up the big wicket of Matthew Maynard, lbw for 3. Glamorgan had slumped to 50 for 6 when Bruce extracted Dean Cosker for 6, and the match was wrapped up by a hat-trick of catches for Simon Katich.

Durham 327 and 251 for 7 beat Yorkshire 448 and 129 by three wickets
Durham completed their second win of the season over Yorkshire in an exciting finish at Chester-le-Street. After Vince Wells (3 for 20), Steve Harmison (3 for 45) and Shoaib Akhtar (4 for 38) had blasted the Yorkshire middle and lower order away for only 26 more runs this morning, Durham were set 251 to win. And solid contributions from the top seven batsmen gave them the platform needed for an impressive win. Jonathan Lewis (41) and Michael Gough (38) led the way, and after Gordon Muchall and Nicky Peng had made 30 each, it was left to Philip Mustard to steady Durham's nerves and finish things off with a valuable 34. The good news for England was that Darren Gough got through just under 20 overs with no problems, finishing with 1 for 68.