Sussex v Somerset, Hove, 4th day April 30, 2014

Somerset surge to innings win

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Somerset 372 (Trescothick 116, Petersen 76, Jordan 5-76) beat Sussex 142 (Wells 79*, Gregory 5-49) and 219 (Joyce 93, Gregory 4-48) by an innings and 11 runs

Somerset needed just 75 minutes of the final day to record their first win of the season by an innings and 11 runs against the leaders Sussex.

Starting the day 68 runs short of making their visitors bat again, Sussex saw their hopes of taking the game into any sort of a contest ended when Ed Joyce chopped on for 93.

Joyce represented Sussex's best chance of salvation and, after he fell just short of a third century of the season, Somerset quickly wrapped up the tail and Sussex's innings for 219.

They started as they went on with an early wicket as England hopeful Chris Jordan, a useful lower-order batsman Sussex will have hoped could stick around, edging Jamie Overton to James Hildreth at first slip for 7.

James Anyon joined Joyce in the middle and the pair at least looked like sending Somerset out again before Joyce perished. Marcus Trescothick's decision to make a bowling change 45 minutes in paid off with Lewis Gregory, the game's stand-out bowler, coming on and removing Joyce, who tried a nudge to third man but ended up diverting the ball onto his stumps.

That was the main breakthrough Somerset had sought, before another bowling change produced dividends in the next over. Peter Trego was handed the ball by his skipper and he needed five balls to snare Anyon, who dragged a short delivery from the all-rounder down the throat of Chris Jones at midwicket for 10.

The game was pretty much up at that point, and it was for sure when Jon Lewis lost his middle stump to Gregory for seven, giving the bowler impressive match figures of 9 for 97.

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  • Paul on May 1, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    Somerset are blessed with an embarrassment of potential Tregoes - Gregory, Meschede, Craig Overton.

    Take away Greory's bowling, remember how young he is and, hey presto, you have a promising young batsman.

  • John on May 1, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    @Paul_Somerset on (May 1, 2014, 8:23 GMT) I think Gregory is more of a bowler who can hold a bat. Meschede I feel is better with the bat but mabe not as good with the ball. I'm not one for wanting to change a winning side but I still like a 5 man bowling attack. So I'm wondering if Meschede in for Jones would mean we wouldn't lose too much in batting depth but add to the bowling? This may be useful in weather affected games whereby we need wickets more than we need runs? Maybe go for the jugular and Leach or Dockrell for Jones on certain pitches. Actually the lack of full time spinner in the side is a concern. The one thing I think we're all agreed on is that the future looks ok when Kirbs,Alf hang em up. Maybe Kirbs injury could be a blessing in disguise. Even when Trego goes Meschede could fill his role

  • Samuel on May 1, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    Quietly a very encouraging start to the season - I certainly wouldn't have expected to be unbeaten by the end of April when I first saw the fixture list. Considering the start Sussex have made and the fact we were put in in tough conditions against their excellent seam attack, to win by an innings is a phenomenal result. Amazing what a run can do for someone - just look at how Lewis Gregory is maturing into an excellent young all round cricketer. We're in the odd position of having almost too many bowlers - how do we fit the likes of Craig Overton, Meschede and Dockrell in? Nice problem to have! Still have nightmares about what might happen if one of our batsmen goes down injured mind...

  • Paul on May 1, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    I think Gregory and Meschede would be disappointed not to be classed as decent young batsmen. The fact they're both also very decent bowlers gives the XI a real depth. Chris Jones is in the side and, though scratchy, does seem to have the knack of sticking around and frustrating bowlers.

    I really have to congratulate the club on this performance. I have been a very harsh critic of the Nosworthy regime, but this is one of the best results in the County's history. Being put in to bat by the Championship leaders in April and winning by an innings is astonishing. And so many contributions by so many players.

    The two draws against the title favourites (Yorkshire) and the title holders (Durham) suddenly look very useful results when allied with the points gained here.

    I'm suddenly feeling a buzz and anticipation about going to the County Ground on Sunday for the visit of Notts that I haven't felt for about a year.

  • Derek on May 1, 2014, 7:40 GMT

    Yes, it was really heartening to hear Somerset's fine win over Sussex at Hove. It was the manner that they achieve that surprised me. Bowlers win matches!! Gregory took nine wickets in that match, lets hope he continues in that vein, next match is against Notts at Taunton. So many young bowlers but no young batters, should we really give the young batters to shine like Abell, Jones, etc?

  • John on April 30, 2014, 21:25 GMT

    Very pleased with the result. Sussex had come out of the blocks fast this season so this is excellent stuff. Still a worry about who may be coming through in terms of young batsmen but maybe there is ground for optimism re our younger bowlers

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