Sussex v Surrey, Hove, 4th day

Sussex race to victory

April 18, 2010

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Sussex 416 and 33 for 0 beat Surrey 205 and 243 by 10 wickets

Michael Yardy punches the air after hitting the winning runs for Sussex, Sussex v Surrey, County Championship, Division Two, Hove, April 18, 2010
Michael Yardy hit the winning runs but will now miss out on Sussex's game against Gloucestershire because he is with England for the World Twenty20 © PA Photos

Sussex needed just 33 minutes to wrap up a 10-wicket victory over Surrey on the final day of their Division Two match at Hove.

Surrey had not added to their overnight score of 243 for 9 when they lost Jade Dernbach to the tenth ball of the day, the number 11 edging to slip to give spinner Monty Panesar his second wicket.

That left Sussex with a token victory target of 33, and openers Mike Yardy and Chris Nash needed just 6.4 overs to knock off the runs. The pair hit two boundaries apiece as Yardy finished 17 not out, with Nash 12 not out from just 14 balls.

Surrey opened the bowling with off-spinner Gareth Batty to make sure they did not incur a points deduction for a slow over rate but that was little compensation after a crushing defeat.

To make matters worse for the visitors, who also lost their opening Championship game against Derbyshire, skipper Rory Hamilton-Brown left the ground on crutches. Hamilton-Brown suffered bad bruising to the top of his left foot when he was hit by Luke Wright's yorker on the third day, although he expects to be fit in time for Surrey's next Championship game against Worcestershire on Wednesday.

Sussex head to Bristol for their next game having won both of their opening matches as they bid to make an immediate return to Division One. But they will face Gloucestershire without skipper Yardy and Wright, who will be preparing with the England squad for the Twenty20 World Cup.

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Posted by CricketingStargazer on (April 19, 2010, 19:30 GMT)

Based on what we have seen so far, Surrey fans may not enjoy this season any better than last season when only a late run saved them from the wooden spoon. It seems that the knives are already out, with word of hillarity in the press box that the big-spending in the winter has led, if anything, to a further worstening of fortunes, with a sprinking of dressing-room dissent to add to the mix. Worcestershire handed London rivals Middlesex a quite severe - and unexpected - beating in the first round of matches and will provide an interesting test for Surrey; right now you have to wonder if Surrey will be up to it.

In contrast, Sussex look like a class act. A win against Gloucestershire and their momentum will seem to have become well-nigh unstoppable.

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