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April 23, 2010
Sussex 152 and 302 beat Gloucestershire 128 and 119 by 207 runs
Sussex made it three Championship wins in succession by completing a 207-run victory over Gloucestershire inside three days at Bristol.
The home side's dismal batting form continued as they were skittled for 119 in their second innings, having begun the day at 12 for 1. Collymore claimed 3 for 30 and James Anyon 3 for 29 as Sussex took 19 points to take their tally from three matches to an impressive 63.
Gloucestershire, bowled out in just 39.1 overs, earned three points and are already 57 behind their opponents in the Division Two table, albeit having played one game less.
There was feeble resistance from the moment Abdul-Kadeer Ali lost his off stump to Rana Naved-ul-Hasan playing a seemingly immaculate forward defensive shot with the total on 21.
Soon it was 29 for 3 as teenager Chris Dent failed to move his feet and was pinned lbw by Collymore for 10. The West Indies paceman struck again in his following over as Hamish Marshall was superbly caught low down at first slip by Matt Prior for seven.
Gloucestershire, shot out for 86 in their opening game against Northamptonshire and 128 in the first innings of this game, were again in disarray. It was 40 for 5 when Chris Taylor pushed forward and edged Collymore to Joe Gatting at second slip.
Alex Gidman and James Franklin added 40 before Franklin (29) became the game's 18th lbw victim to a ball from Anyon that appeared to keep low. Umpires Tim Robinson and Barry Dudleston had given nine leg before decisions each.
Gidman swished his bat in annoyance when playing a loose drive at Robin Martin-Jenkins and slicing a catch to Murray Goodwin at point. The Gloucestershire skipper had made 13 and was clearly a frustrated man.
It was almost all over by lunch as Jon Lewis got a thin edge to Martin-Jenkins and was taken by wicketkeeper Andrew Hodd. The score at the interval was 92 for 8.
Anyon then produced a good low catch off his own bowling to send back Steve Snell, who had looked more confident than most of his predecessors in making 25. The game ended at just after 2pm when Gemaal Hussain was caught in the slips by Prior to give Anyon his third wicket.
The ball had continued to swing throughout the match, but Gloucestershire's batting was still well below the required standard. In four innings this season they have amassed just 582 runs.
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