Sussex fight back to rescue draw

Posted On 29 Apr 2011 at 8:53 pm

LV County Championship Division One, Hove
Sussex 290 & 459-9dec. drew with Lancashire 590

By Jack Bradshaw

Sussex salvaged a draw against Lancashire thanks largely to an unbeaten century by Naveed Arif.

Resuming on 147-0, still 153 runs behind Lancashire’s first innings total, Sussex lost regular wickets as Lancashire looked set for a late run-chase after the hosts slipped to 369-9.

But Arif’s maiden first-class hundred denied the league leaders their third win of the season.

The Pakistani seamer shared a last wicket stand of 90 with Monty Panesar to secure the draw, after Ed Joyce had earlier hit 140.   

The visitors had found themselves in a commanding position after taking five wickets before lunch but with skipper Glen Chapple struggling with a sore ankle and Sajid Mahmood forced out of the attack after bowling a beamer, Sussex’s last wicket pair were able to survive for 24 overs.

Opener Joyce batted for 98 overs but, after he became the eighth wicket to fall on the stroke of tea, Sussex led by only 66.

English-qualified Arif hit eight fours and four sixes to bring up his hundred from 131 deliveries, leaving the players to shake hands with 10 overs remaining.

Chris Nash fell early to Chapple after a 169-run opening stand with Joyce, and was quickly followed by Luke Wells who edged to slip for a third-ball duck.

First-innings centurion Murray Goodwin was then stumped off Gary Keedy, while Ben Brown was run out without scoring by Stephen Moore, as Sussex’s hopes of saving the match quickly diminished.

But lower-order resistance from Andrew Hodd and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan took Sussex into a slim-lead, before Arif secured the draw and a total of seven points.

Sussex’s next outing in the County Championship sees them travel to Hampshire next week following back to back Clydesdale Bank 40 matches.

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