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Day 4 of 4
Match Drawn

Sussex vs Hants

Sussex settle for draw

Honours even as Sussex unable to get better of weather

Rain ruled on day three at Arundel

LV County Championship - Division One

Arundel

Sussex 441 (L J Wright 104, M W Goodwin 65, O P Rayner 60, C D Nash 57, Imran Tahir 5-140) & 138-2 dec (M H Hardy 47 not out) v Hampshire 346 (M A Carberry 112, C D Collymore 4-66, O P Rayner 3-61)

Sussex were forced to settle for a draw in their LV County Championship Division One clash with Hampshire at Arundel despite a blistering spell from Corey Collymore.

The former West Indies paceman took four wickets to spark a Hampshire collapse after they had resumed on 227 for two on the final day.

However, although they lost five wickets for 52 runs before lunch, Dominic Cork clung on to score 36 and his side made 346 to comfortably pass the follow-on target of 292.

With no hope of victory, Sussex then made 138 for two before declaring.

Hampshire had been in trouble during the morning session as Collymore took full advantage of swinging conditions.

Michael Lumb had added just one to his overnight score when he edged the 31-year-old's first ball to skipper Mike Yardy at first slip for 46.

Jason Lewry then removed Liam Dawson for just five and, when Collymore trapped John Crawley lbw for 26, Hampshire had lost three wickets for 12 runs.

Dimitri Mascarenhas and Sean Ervine steadied the ship with a stand of 39 but, when Collymore dismissed them both in quick succession, Hampshire were still 13 runs short of the follow-on target with three wickets remaining.

Ervine had made 17 when his off stump was sent cartwheeling, while Mascarenhas was lbw for 22 and, at that stage, Collymore had taken four for 22 in his morning spell.

Collymore continued to bowl unchanged from the Castle End in search of his first five-wicket haul for Sussex, but they were unable to wrap up the Hampshire innings as the visitors put on 67 for last three wickets.

Cork saved the follow on by pulling Collymore for four before Tim Burrows was trapped lbw by Luke Wright just before lunch.

The former England bowler then put on 28 with Imran Tahir to earn Hampshire another batting point before Chris Nash held on to a fine catch on the backward square leg boundary to get rid of Cork off the bowling of Yasir Arafat.

After a short interruption for rain, Tahir took Hampshire to the verge of a fourth batting point only for James Tomlinson to become Ollie Rayner's third victim when he looped a catch to Murray Goodwin at mid-off.

Nash got Sussex's second innings off to an entertaining start as he hit 37 from just 27 balls, while Ed Joyce (43) and Yardy (47no) put on 86 for the second wicket.

Day three

Only 9.1 overs were possible on the third day of the LV County Championship fixture between Sussex and Hampshire at Arundel.

Michael Lumb (45no) and John Crawley (20no) extended Hampshire's first innings from 213-2 to 227-2 during the brief spell of action.

That leaves the visitors still 214 runs behind and, with just one day remaining, a positive result looks unlikely unless the captains collude to set up a run chase.

Luke Wright and Michael Carberry traded centuries on a run-laden day at Arundel as Hampshire chased down Sussex's first innings score.

Day two

Wright converted his overnight fifty into three figures to help Sussex to 441 all out from starting the day on 330-7, but Carberry countered for Hampshire with a century of his own to help them to 213-2 by the close.

On a day ruled by the batsmen, only leg-spinner Imran Tahir enjoyed any success with the ball as he finished with figures of 5-140 from 36.2 overs for the visitors.

Wright began the morning on 53 and was initially overshadowed by Ollie Rayner who dominated an eighth-wicket stand of 85 on his way to a first Championship half-century.

Rayner went for 60, and Wright took the bull by the horns with wickets running out to notch his first County Championship century and fifth first-class hundred overall before falling on 104.

Chasing down 441, Hampshire's batsmen also made hay with Carberry and Jimmy Adams making 107 for the first wicket while the left-hander went on to make his second successive Championship century with his 112.

Rayner took both Hampshire wickets as they closed on 213-2, 228 behind on a day when 324 runs were scored in total.

Day one

Chris Nash, Murray Goodwin and Luke Wright all scored half-centuries as Sussex reached 330-7 on the first day of against Hampshire at Arundel.

Sussex skipper Michael Yardy (5) won the toss and opted to bat first but was one of James Tomlinson's two early lbw victims - the other being Ed Joyce (2) - as the hosts slipped to 26-2.

But opener Nash counter-attacked with nine boundaries in his 57 and solid contributions from Goodwin (65) and Carl Hopkinson (49) helped rebuild the innings.

Hampshire leg-spinner Imranm Tahir bagged 3-96 from 29 overs, including the wickets of Nash, Hopkinson and Andrew Hodd (11). Tomlinson added a third lbw victim, Yasir Arafat (37), in the evening session to finish with 3-83.

Arafat had helped add 59 for the seventh wicket to take Sussex beyond 300, while Ollie Rayner (15no) joined Wright (53no) and survived through to stumps.

Match Details

Date
15th - 18th Jul 2009
Toss
Venue
Arundel
Umpires
M A Gough and N A Mallender

sussex BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Yardy not out 47
Nash c Cork b Tomlinson 37
Joyce c Burrows b M I T Tahir 43
Goodwin not out 3
Extras 4nb, 4b 8
Total Declared, 32.1 Overs 138 - 2
Full Batting Card

hants BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Tomlinson 6 0 27 1
Cork 3 0 15 0
M I T Tahir 6 0 29 1
Ervine 7 2 22 0
Dawson 9 0 41 0
Carberry 1 1 0 0
Mascarenhas 0.1 0 0 0
Full Bowling Card