Pujara loses the ball just before the buzzer to offer Durham hope, but the hosts remain in command and need 59 points to win. Sussex win against Durham in the late innings.
Sussex needs 59 runs to defeat Durham’s 376 and 189 (Robinson 58, Hudson-Prentice 4-27, and Crocombe 4-47) after scoring 335 and 172 for 5 (Haines 64).
Cheteshwar Pujara Leads Sussex to Victory in a Thrilling Match
Photo Credit: espncricinfo.com Sussex was given a platform by Tom Haines’ 64, but there were nocturnal trepidations in the works.
Since the cricket gods have repeatedly condemned Sussex’s youthful potential in recent years, their supporters won’t be able to sleep well knowing that they still have five wickets in hand and must score 59 runs. At 166 for 3, with six overs remaining in the day, they appeared to have a crucial victory all but won. However, as Hove’s shadows lasted, Durham removed two sets of batters, including the legendary Cheteshwar Pujara.
On the second night of the game, Pujara declared his squad was prepared to face any score “anywhere close to 350.” His remarks resounded with assurance. With his incredible 115 runs in the first innings, Sussex had already put themselves within striking distance of the coveted victory. As the sun set on the third day, Durham’s fall became apparent as the Tricky Seagulls swooped and contrails crisscrossed the milky blue sky. Despite Durham’s valiant efforts, they were removed for a meager score of 189 in just two sessions.
As the chase began, Sussex moved steadily towards their target of 230, inching closer with each passing vehicle. The atmosphere was tense, with the crowd on the verge of their chairs, waiting for the match’s outcome. With each boundary hit and every wicket took, the excitement grew, and Sussex’s confidence only seemed to strengthen. In the end, Sussex emerged victorious, having chased down the target set by Durham with relative ease. The match was a testament to both teams’ incredible skill and determination, but ultimately, Sussex emerged triumphant.
After being outplayed for a large portion of the first half of the game, To gallivant to triumph would have been too adorable for them to do in three days, but Tom Haines set the stage with 64 from 69 balls at the top of the order. Pujara appeared to be batting with the assurance of a tractor beam. But when a half-century stand was broken by Matthew Kuhnemann’s LBW catch of Tom Clark playing over the line, Pujara’s errant pluck found Michael Jones at short midwicket, igniting celebration among the Durham players. Pujara appeared to be so angry with himself that he could have sworn.
Haines and Ali Orr had confidently started the chase, and Matt Potts had taken three for four in his second over as the openers had taken 30 runs off the needed total. Before Haines and Alsop ended the inning with a 77-run collaboration, Orr swiped Brydon Carey’s opening pitch direct to fine leg. Potts did well to hold a sprawling catch as he dove behind the wicketkeeper to remove Alsop, who was trying to reverse-sweep Kuhnemann. Persistent Care then bounced out Haines to heighten the Sussex team’s anxiety.
The Importance of Bowlers: Sussex’s Stellar Performance in Four-Day Match
To teach an inexperienced squad how to win four-day matches, Sussex’s head coach Paul Farbrace stressed the value of breaking down games “session-by-session, hour-by-hour” at the beginning of the season. Their superior tenacity was demonstrated by Sussex’s two comebacks in this game: when they bowled Durham out for 376 after they had reached 213 for 1 (from 41 overs) and when they ensured that they posted 300 after falling to 91 for 4.
Durham was led by 41 runs after the first inning, but they didn’t know whether to stick or twist. The team that exploded out of the gates on the first session had lost their front-foot commitment, and they were short in danger, losing five wickets before the interval as Henry Crocombe’s explosion helped Sussex restore the lead.
Durham would have at least been following the plan had Durham’s top players succumbed to a sequence of aggressive shots. However, most of their dismissals were hesitant, and the only things that offered them anything to bowl at were Ollie Robinson’s measured first fifty since going north and some long-levered biffs from Carse.
Only three runs were added by Sussex to their overnight total, but the persistent cloud cover encouraged the bowlers, and they played much more diligently than on day one. Sean Hunt’s left arm, Jones, was the first to leave the game, feathering an edge on the angle. Then, with his third and seventh deliveries, Crocombe struck: Lees drove away from his body and nicked behind, then Ben McKinney’s timid prod led to Oli Carter’s third catch at the wicket.
Sussex win against Durham despite the early advantage
Durham had a 42-3 advantage, but things only got worse. Fynn Hudson-Prentice, a concussion replacement for George Garton, who had only entered the game on the third morning, found a lovely arcing line to create a dense fog from the Cromwell Road End outside edge as David Bedingham threw his hands. Crocombe then grabbed a third wicket in the next over, with Graham Clark fumbling Carter to make the final score 63 for 5.
Australian all-rounder Nathan McAndrew, whose five-for in the first innings restrained Durham from abusing the rules, supported the bowling effort. In previous years, Sussex’s assault has appeared more inexperienced than the MP for Brighton Pavilion; today, they played spinner Jack Carson, 22, along with 21-year-olds Hunt and Crocombe. Garton (25) was replaced by Hudson-Prentice (27), which only slightly raised the average age.
To Farbrace’s delight, Jonathan Bushnell was caught LBW at a deep square leg at the Sussex Cricket Museum‘s entrance. However, it was McAndrew, a relative veteran at 29, who set the tone for Sussex with an opening spell of 6-3-7-0. He then came back after lunch to claim the sixth wicket. The wise steward said, “Don’t move; you’re lucky there.”
Robinson and Carse hurried a partnership for the seventh wicket worth 71 runs, which Durham mounted whether Farbrace moved. Although Robinson was shocked after opening his face to direct a low catch to Clark at the gully, Hudson-Prentice made the breakthrough. Hudson-Prentice and Crocombe both bowled their highest innings figures for Sussex and quickly claimed the final three wickets. Read the latest cricket news and updates here at Indibet India, the best sport betting site in India.