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Vithushan Ehantharajah at Horsham
July 24, 2014
Sussex 413 (Wright 89, Cachopa 84, Nash 58) and 245 for 9 dec (Joyce 72, Cachopa 54, Patel 4-84) beat Warwickshire 333 (Trott 106, Chopra 81, Magoffin 4-74) and 99 (Ambrose 56, Tredwell 4-7, Jordan 3-3-38) by 226 runs
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For only the second time since the war, Sussex have completed the double over Warwickshire. To say it was eventful would be selling you short, as 15 wickets fell in, essentially, two sessions of carnage.
Sussex had the excuse of "why not" for their contribution of four, as they looked to move their score along. Warwickshire will be asking "why" as they look through their card, which tells of five ducks and a lack of fight.
Dougie Brown knew going into today that his side were up against it. Certainly Sussex felt they had enough runs to defend. As it happened, they only needed 100, as Warwickshire fumbled through to an over after tea.
The game was set Sussex's way before lunch when a devastating blitz from Chris Jordan had Warwickshire reeling, before James Tredwell came and lopped off a usually productive tail with outrageous figures of 4 for 7 off his 12.4 overs.
Jordan's bowling action is one that has been assembled because of the physical toil his natural one was putting under. As a result, when out of rhythm, he can look a bit ungainly. He has had little cricket in the last month, with just one Twenty20 played in the 28 days between this match and his last Test match, against Sri Lanka at Headingley.
Over the course of the last four days, he has looked better with every spell. "I probably needed this," he admitted, "I feel better for the overs."
There has been some talk that Jordan may take a place in the XI for this Sunday's third Test at the Ageas Bowl, the site of his international debut against Australia last summer. "They probably know a lot more than I do," he laughed.
"Listen, I'm just grateful I'm involved again. I'll go up there tomorrow and try and prepare as best I can. It was probably a tight call with the last two Tests between me and Ben Stokes, and Stokesy got the call. If I get the nod, hopefully I'll do well."
In his four overs before lunch, everything was in sync as he gutted the visitors' top order, sending them into the break on 10 for 3. Steaming in from the Railway End, he bowled the quickest spell of the match, each delivery asking questions of batsmen who could only bluff their way through.
Varun Chopra played away from his body and then Will Porterfield was unable to get bat on a ball moving into him in Jordan's second over - a double wicket maiden. His best ball was saved for Warwickshire's best bet, Jonathan Trott but, after a hundred un the first innings, he was unable to do much to a delivery that lured him into a forward defence, only to seam away to take his edge.
"We spoke about not getting carried away trying to bowl magic bowl," Jordan said, before discussing Trott's scalp. "I actually enjoyed that wicket quite nicely. I didn't bowl too dissimilar balls before but I think what worked is that I grouped some of those balls in a good area. You never always know what the ball is going to do but I just thought I'd let the pitch and the wicket do the rest."
It was a change of pace from a hashed morning from Sussex, who started the final day with a lead of 284, six wickets in hand and two heavy-hitters in Jordan and Luke Wright at the crease. However, within two overs, both had gone, to relatively tame dismissals, with just three runs added.
After further dismissals, an unfathomable drop by Sam Hain at bat-pad and just four boundaries, Sussex pulled the plug on their second innings after adding just 41 in 16.1 overs. The morning rampage expected with the bat had not materialised, but Jordan's bowling more than made up for it.
For all the dramatics of the early blast, the game would not have been finished off without Tredwell and Lewis Hatchett. Ed Joyce first brought on Tredwell as his first change bowler to retain control from the Church End while Jordan did his thing.
In the afternoon session, Tredwell served up a double wicket maiden of his own, removing Hain and Rikki Clarke with some grip and extra bounce, while plugging away and allowing Joyce to rest and rotate his quicks in the 30-degree heat. Earlier, Hatchett had slid one across Westwood for the fourth wicket.
On the cusp of tea, it was spin from both ends when Chris Nash turned one sharply through the gate of Tim Ambrose, who had opened and provided the staunchest resistance with 56 off 131 balls. Tredwell then took care of the last recognised batsman, Chris Woakes, who dabbed the ball into the hands of Jordan at slip. The ball after tea, Tredwell went between Jeetan Patel's bat and pad then a few balls later, a farcical bit of running saw Keith Barker and Boyd Rankin meet each other halfway for a comical end.
The 23 points takes Sussex ahead of Middlesex and into fifth while Warwickshire remain fourth. Both teams have four games left for the run-in when the Championship resumes after a break for the Royal London Cup.
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