Sam Watts reporting on Day Three of Sussex v Yorkshire in the LV= County Championship from the PROBIZ County Ground, Hove
Sussex look set to coast to a convincing victory tomorrow in their latest LV= County Championship contest after forcing an inevitable follow on against a poor Yorkshire side at Hove.
A devastating 274 not out from Murray Goodwin and a fine supporting stand of 174 from Luke Wells ensured the home side of a healthy advantage when they eventually declared on 548-4 midway through day two yesterday.
The emphatic lead built by Sussex will have come as a blow to Andrew Gale’s side, who won the toss and elected to field.
After a marginally curtailed second day due to bad light, Yorkshire resumed their run chase on day three at 21-0 with openers Joe Sayers and Joe Root at the crease.
However, some ruthless deliveries by the Sussex attack saw the visitors slip to 115-5 by lunch after 41 overs.
Amjad Khan forced the first wicket of the innings when his delivery to Joe Sayers (6) was edged to Ed Joyce at second slip, and it was Khan again who dismissed Anthony McGrath (4) with aplomb shortly after.
The visitors’ attempts to avoid the follow on appeared to be in tatters when Wayne Parnell bowled Andrew Gale for 0, leaving Yorkshire on a paltry 33-3 after just 16 overs.
Root (70) had remained at the crease though and began to make inroads, with new man Jonny Bairstow (28), forcing the total up to 72 until the latter gloved James Anyon’s rising delivery straight to skipper Michael Yardy at first slip.
The home side’s dominance with the ball continued as Yorkshire limped their way past the 100-mark; Monty Panesar trapped Gary Ballance (25) lbw prior to the interval.
Secure in the knowledge that the chances of their opponents attaining the required 399 to avoid the follow on were slim, the onslaught continued into the afternoon session as Adil Rashid conceded his wicket lbw to Kirk Wernars.
Root was joined in the middle by Ajmal Shahzad, but his stubborn resistance was ended in the 71st over with Parnell viciously dislodging Root’s leg stump.
The South African paceman claimed his third wicket of the afternoon four balls later as Ryan Sidebottom (0) clipped out to Andy Hodd.
Yorkshire secured a batting bonus point just before tea, after which Sussex took the new ball in an attempt to pick off the tail end, and Anyon saw an lbw appeal turned down with his third delivery.
Steve Patterson arrived at the crease to form a solid looking partnership with Shahzad, racing to an impressive maiden half century consisting of 10 fours from 75 deliveries.
With Yorkshire having reversed the momentum and now apparently charging towards the 300-mark, Yardy turned to Panesar to provide the answer to Sussex’s stuttering progress.
The decision reaped rich rewards with Panesar inviting Shahzad (31) to sweep out to deep square leg where he was duly caught by Wernars.
Not content with his part in the removal of Shahzad, Wernars took centre stage with a fizzing delivery that shattered the stumps of Patterson as the visitors were bowled out for 273.
After enforcing the follow on, Yardy’s side again broke the Yorkshire openers apart early on as Sayers (0) again edged Joyce at second slip, just has he had done in his first innings.
And, with the penultimate scheduled ball of the day, a delirious Chris Nash had the obdurate Root removed as the Yorkshire opener tried to leave one and was adjudged lwb.
At stumps Yorkshire are on 29-2, still trailing by 246 runs with only eight wickets to defend throughout tomorrow’s fourth and final day.