Sussex v Somerset, Horsham, 2nd day May 22, 2013

Magoffin magic evokes Mushtaq in crushing win


Sussex 300 (Hamilton-Brown 77, Thomas 5-69) beat Somerset 76 (Magoffin 8-20) and 108 (Magoffin 4-11) by an innings and 116 runs

Sussex have soared to the top of Division One after completing an innings victory over Somerset in less than five sessions at Horsham. Steve Magoffin again tormented Somerset, as they were dismissed for 108 - having made 76 in a disastrous first innings on Wednesday - to hand Sussex their third win in five games, with the match completed at 2.35pm on the second day.

Australian quick Magoffin, who had destroyed Somerset with 8 for 20 on the first day, added four more victims to finish with career-best match figures of 12 for 31, the best by a Sussex bowler since Mushtaq Ahmed led them to a third Championship title in five years in 2007.

Somerset's day had started well when Alfonso Thomas had Magoffin (23) caught at mid-on in the first over but only after he had helped Sussex to 300 to secure a third batting bonus point. Somerset began their second innings without too many alarms and openers Marcus Trescothick and Arul Suppiah had reached 27 when Trescothick was caught behind for 13 aiming an airy drive at Magoffin.

It triggered another spectacular collapse as Somerset subsided from 27 for 1 to 63 for 6 before lunch and even when Magoffin came out of the attack there was little respite. James Anyon worked up a lively pace and picked up three wickets as Alviro Petersen got a leading edge to point, Suppiah drove loosely to mid-on and James Hildreth was leg-before playing across the line for the fifth duck by a Somerset player in the match.

Alex Barrow fell in similar circumstances and Peter Trego was superbly caught down the leg side by the diving Ben Brown behind the stumps to give Chris Jordan two wickets as Sussex's seamers maintained their stranglehold.

Jos Buttler attacked briefly after lunch, hitting Monty Panesar's first over for 16 including a straight six before he was athletically caught by the diving Matt Machan at backward square leg off a reverse sweep for 29, Somerset's highest score of the game. But the game ended as it had begun with Magoffin proving virtually unplayable.

The Queenslander wrapped up the innings with the wickets of Jack Leach, taken low down at slip by Jordan, before Brown dived in front of Jordan to take another excellent catch and remove Jamie Overton. His match figures were the best by a Sussex bowler since Mushtaq took 13 for 225 against Worcestershire in 2007 when Sussex won to clinch the Championship title.

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  • John on May 24, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    @siltbreeze on (May 24, 2013, 10:16 GMT) I'm afraid I'm a more of an armchair Somerset fan from Plymouth. I'm not sure how they see Gregory. Personally I see him as a bowler who can hit a ball in shorter formats. Maybe (standardwise) somewhere between Trego and Thomas. Maybe Somerset overachieved last season and miss Nick and Craig more than we'd imagine. Hildreth seems to be more like the 2011 version (when on the verge of an Eng call up his form dovetailed) than that of 2010 or even last year. Tres hasn't started well and Alviro's CC form has dipped. While Nick is not there I'd open with Alviro - his natural position with SA.

  • Martin on May 24, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    @JG2704 I agree that Meschede (12 FC matches - Ave 25) should play ahead of Barrow (18 FC matches - Ave 14) - he's scoring runs for the Second XI and his bowling is a bonus. I don't understand why we played Gregory in the last match and batted him at 5 when he's a specialist bowler. Some very muddled thinking going on at Somerset and an abject lack of young batting talent (with the obvious exception of Buttler, who has phenomenal potential). Time for a captaincy change perhaps? Give Hildreth some responsibility? And as a Somerset fan who lives away from the area, what do people make of Nosworthy?

  • John on May 24, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    PS - Every cloud has a silver lining ... I suppose at least being defeated in less than 2 days means they have plenty of rest before travelling to Leicester on Sunday

  • John on May 24, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    I don't want to make fellow Somerset fans feel even worse but you know what they say re a problem shared... When is Craig due to return? I'm just worrying if he will be fit by the time Jos goes on England duty or whether we'll have to call in some more 2nd rate cover. Also wondering if Machede/Gregory would probably be a better option than Barrow/Suppiah? Yes I know they are probably a bits and pieces players but at least they might add something to the bowling and you're not really taking anything away from the batting either - as there's nothing to take

  • David on May 24, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    jmcilhinney at 4.09 - good question, I was wondering exactly the same thing. To go one step further, why are you trying to hit reverse sweeps when your side is 6 for 103, and you have just straight driven a six?

  • John on May 24, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    Obviously a good performance by Magoffin but Somerset look completely out of sorts, with this just being the latest chapter in a dramatic slide. It's hard to see a specific cause for such a sharp change in fortunes. They are missing a couple of experienced bats but it seems like everyone else is horribly out of form all at the same time.

  • John on May 24, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    It's not the most important thing to come out of this report but, with regards to Buttler's dismissal, how can you be caught at backward square leg off a reverse sweep?

  • Andrew on May 24, 2013, 1:01 GMT

    Ha - 12/31 for the match for Magoffin, I think he'd be happy ith that. Funnily enuff, only one Somerset innings was higher than his 23!

  • Rob on May 23, 2013, 23:02 GMT

    A true 5* performance from Sussex - and they have six local players in the side.

  • Sam on May 23, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    Thing is with Somerset that over the past couple of seasons the younger players like Barrow, Gregory and Chris Jones have had quite a few chances but haven't shone. Buttler is obviously a one-off and may well help Somerset win a limited overs title....but Somerset supporters, and the players, are desperate for that championship I was actually surprised, after so many recent near misses in every format, that Trescothick retained the captaincy this season. I fear both a slide and an exodus of experience at the end of this season. Premature perhaps but I see a couple of years' rebuilding as being paramount.

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