Here's a tip, courtesy of Chris Adams, the Sussex skipper. If you want to be entertained by a run chase on the fourth day of a Championship match, try a Second Division game. Points matter more in the top division and that discourages frivolity. So it is no surprise to learn that Sussex, having overcome a deficit of 64 on first innings, batted until the game was dead, declaring when Somerset required 333 from 40 overs, which left enough time to give their bowlers some practice in the middle.
It sounds like a recipe for a long sleep after lunch, but if you like county cricket, there was enough to stay awake for. It is intriguing to watch a newly-promoted team like Sussex adjusting their game.
There was a second century of the summer for Chris Adams and a stylishly violent knock from Robin Martin-Jenkins who seemed certain to get a hundred until a leading edge undid him on 86. But, to tell the truth, the supporters of Brighton and Hove Albion, who celebrated their team's promotion to the First Division by parading noisily down the seafront, probably had a better time than the loyalists who arrived to watch a game that never recovered from a day lost to rain on Friday.
First thing in the morning there was enough cloud cover to get the ball moving off the seam and Sussex, who led by 114 with three wickets down, were not out of trouble. A Somerset breakthrough could lose them the game. Richard Johnson got bounce and movement, though too many deliveries could be safely left by Adams and 21-year-old Michael Yardy.
But with Matthew Bulbeck at the other end, Somerset provided Sussex with a testing hour before Adams was out with the score on 225 and a draw was already the most likely outcome. …