Sussex suffer second day slump at home to Somerset

SUSSEX’s good start to their LV= county championship match with Somerset took a decided turn for the worse from yesterday lunchtime, on day two of this scheduled four-day match.

Having bowled out their opponents for 213 early in the day, Sussex then slumped from 71-2 to 177 all out. Peter Trego did most of the damage, taking 4-24 in 11.4 overs.

A maiden half-century from Jimmy Anyon (51) rescued Sussex from total disaster as the hosts had been 95-8 at one stage

Somerset resumed on 199-7 yesterday morning in beautiful sunlight at The PROBIZ County Ground, a contrast to the previous conditions, and it didn’t take long for Sussex to polish off the Somerset lower order.

Alex Barrow went for 38 in the third over of the day, before Steve Kirby fell caught and bowled to Amjad Khan and Charl Willoughby holed out to to Andy Hodd at point. Rana Naved returned figures of 5-79, the first Sussex five-for of the season, as Somerset added only 14 to their overnight score.

But Sussex got off the worst possible start in their reply, losing Chris Nash in the first over for a duck to Willoughby, Marcus Trescothick taking the first of four catches in the slips. Luke Wells went the same way before Murray Goodwin and the in-form Ed Joyce put on 48 for the third wicket.

Joyce could only make 29 this time though as he nicked one behind to give wicket keeper Jos Buttler his one catch of the innings off the bowling of Kirby.

This then sparked a dramatic collapse. Goodwin played a rash shot four balls later edging to Trescothick in the slips for 26, before Prior could made three before finding Barrow at mid-wicket.

Hodd lasted just two balls and captain Yardy became yet more slip practice for Trescothick.

Rana hit a quick 20 off 14 balls before Kirby got one to keep low to nip him out lbw. Then came that potentially crucial partnership between Anyon, and Monty Panesar.

The former Warwickshire man had never made a first-class half-century before but hit nine fours in an impressive innings. Panesar, meanwhile, faced 67 balls for his 14 before he was run out by a Trego direct hit. Anyon found enough support from last man Khan to bring up his 50 before Sussex were bowled out for 177.

Sussex hoped for a similar collapse from the visiting top-order, but it it didn’t happen. Trescothick and Suppiah had made 102 for the first wicket before Panesar tempted Arul Suppiah the wicket, where he was stumped by keeper Hodd.

At the close of play Trescothick’s men had reached 114-1 with the captain unbeaten on 64. Play resumes at The PROBIZ County Ground later this morning at 11am, with Sussex desperate for early wickets as Somerset lead by exatcly 150.