Sussex skipper Ed Joyce saluted a “fantastic” performance by his bowlers after they dismissed Worcestershire for 185 to complete their second win of the season in the LV County Championship.
Ajmal Shahzad led the way with 5 for 46 as Sussex won by 62 runs to follow up last week’s win over the other promoted team Hampshire.
Joyce said: “It was a fantastic performance. At the start of the day they were slight favourites but we got Daryl Mitchell, whose is a massive wicket, early and then we stuck at it on a pitch which didn’t do much.”
Shahzad has now claimed 12 wickets in two games since Sussex became his fourth county when he joined them during the winter.
Joyce added: “He bowled fantastically. He got it to swing conventionally and then reverse and was aggressive on a pitch that didn’t do much, although it was a bit up and down in bounce.
“It’s good to get two wins on the board even though there are still areas we can be better in. We were a bit careless with our first innings batting, we should have got more runs and made the last day a bit easier and I’m frustrated with the number of catches we dropped.
“Worcestershire fought really hard and you have to give them credit. It was an excellent game on a really good cricket wicket.”
Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes admitted his side had come up short in their run chase. “It was a fantastic effort by the team but sadly we failed to carry it through today.
“An hour’s cricket probably cost us the game. We lost a cluster of wickets but we can’t afford to keep doing that and have to address it. We’re an inexperienced side and have to learn from these situations and improve.”
Worcestershire fought really hard and you have to give them credit. It was an excellent game on a really good cricket wicketEd Joyce