Cricket: Nervy Sussex Edge Home to Put Pressure Back on Lancashire
Llewellyn, David, The Independent (London, England)
Sussex win by two wickets
There should be plenty of work for Sussex manicurists over the next week following this nailbiting climax to what should have been a formality for the Championship challengers.
After allowing Kent's last two wickets to add a further 22 runs to their overnight total, thus leaving a victory target of 161 runs with the best part of two days in which to get it, Sussex should have cantered home, especially against a weakened attack.
There was no Min Patel, and the left-arm spinner would have expected to have picked up wickets, given that spin accounted for 23 wickets of the 38 which fell in the match.
Amjad Khan was also sidelined by injury, Tyron Henderson broke a toe in Kent's first innings and Robbie Joseph, who picked up five first-innings wickets, was restricted to half a dozen overs second time around with a knee injury.
But instead of oozing confidence at the prospect of taking apart the home guard's attack, the Sussex batsmen were as nervous as an expectant father, except Robert Key, the Kent captain, had already left for Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup to be at the bedside of his pregnant wife Fleur, who went into labour just after midday, just as Sussex began to labour in the chase for runs.
The Sussex captain Chris Adams admitted he had had a sleepless night. …
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Publication information: Article title: Cricket: Nervy Sussex Edge Home to Put Pressure Back on Lancashire. Contributors: Llewellyn, David - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: September 8, 2006. Page number: 65. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.