September 4, 2001

Adams' century sustains Sussex hopes, but frustrates Glamorgan

Sussex maintained their slim promotion hopes and denied Glamorgan a title-clinching victory when they won this evening's NUL Division Two match by 34 runs at Hove.

A fourth win in eight days has given Sussex a slim chance of finishing in the top three while Glamorgan will have to wait until their final game against Middlesex on Sunday week before they can make sure of going up as champions.

Sussex skipper Chris Adams was the architect of the victory, making an unbeaten 100 as his side posted 225-2 on a slow pitch.

Adams had to face the second ball of the innings after the division's leading run scorer Richard Montgomerie had fallen lbw to left-armer Andrew Davies.

He rebuilt the innings, first with teenager Tim Ambrose with whom he added 80 in 22 overs before Ambrose was caught and bowled by Dean Cosker for 46.

But they had laid the platform for an onslaught by Adams and Murray Goodwin in the second half of the innings, which brought them 145 runs at over a run a ball.

Adams reached his first one-day hundred for 14 months by taking six off the final over from Darren Thomas. He hit six fours and two sixes and faced 122 balls while Goodwin's unbeaten 67 came off 73 deliveries with a six and four boundaries.

Billy Taylor took the wickets of Keith Newell and Robert Croft in successive overs to stall Glamorgan's reply and the visitors were reduced to 54-4 when Will House trapped Steve James lbw and Mark Robinson bowled skipper Matt Maynard for three.

Australian Jimmy Maher (54), Adrian Dale (29), Michael Powell (26) and Davies (24) offered some resistance, but Sussex wrapped up victory with 13 balls to spare.