LV County Championship – Division One
Hove – day three
Sussex 597-8 dec (A J Hodd 123, M H Yardy 119, R R Montgomerie 73, Saqlain Mushtaq 57 no) v Yorkshire 247 (A U Rashid 54 no, A W Gale 51, Mushtaq Ahmed 5-89) & 89 (Naved-ul-Hasan 4-15)
Sussex (22pts) beat Yorkshire (3pts) by an innings and 261 runs
Sussex took control of the Division One title race by thrashing Yorkshire with a day to spare at Hove.
The 22 points earned by Sussex puts them eight points above Yorkshire at the top of the table with a game in hand.
Yorkshire were asked to follow-on after Adil Rashid’s 54 not out had helped to extend their first innings from 188-7 to 247 on the third morning.
It was even worse second time around for the visitors as they slumped to 89 all out in just 44.1 overs to lose by an innings and 261 runs – a result that almost certainly ends their title hopes.
Naved-ul-Hasan took 4-14, while there were three wickets apiece for Jason Lewry and Saqlain Mushtaq.
Mushtaq Ahmed took four wickets, as champions Sussex dominated on day two against championship rivals Yorkshire.
The former Pakistan spinner now has 73 wickets for the season, as the Tykes were reduced to 188 for seven at the close of play.
Andrew Hodd had earlier scored his maiden championship century, as Sussex made their way to 597 for eight declared.
The visitors still need 260 runs to avoid the follow on, with only opener Andrew Gale (51) offering any real resistance.
Michael Yardy struck a century as bat dominated ball on day one at Hove.
Yardy made 119 and put on 178 with Richard Montgomerie (73) for the second wicket as Sussex took control against the league leaders.
Darren Gough was left out by Yorkshire with a sore shin and he was missed despite replacement Ajmal Shahzad removing opener Chris Nash.
However, Yardy and Montgomerie were largely untroubled until Tim Bresnan sent the latter’s off stump cartwheeling.
But Yardy and Murray Goodwin added a further 79 in 19 overs before the former’s innings was ended by 19-year-old spinner Adil Rashid, who had him caught off bat and pad.
Rashid also accounted for Goodwin just after tea but skipper Chris Adams used his feet to good effect against the slow bowlers, easing his side past 300 with three boundaries in an over from debutant Imran Tahir.
However, Mathew Hoggard sent him back four short of a half century with a slight suspicion of an inside edge, but Andrew Hodd (37no) and Robin-Martin Jenkins (31no) made sure it was Sussex’s day with a dogged, unbeaten sixth wicket stand.
And there was further bad news for the visitors when captain Anthony McGrath fainted from heatstroke during the final session, although he is expected to recover for Thursday’s start.
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