Freddie bats Lancs to win
All-rounder's half-century seals eight-wicket success at Hove
Last Updated: 02/07/08 6:10pm
Flintoff: scored 62 off 59 balls in second innings
LV County Championship - Division One
Sussex 253 (R S C Martin-Jenkins 70, S I Mahmood 5-76) & 245 (M W Goodwin 80, G Chapple 6-58) v Lancashire 392 (S G Law 158 no, G Keedy 64) & 109-2 (A Flintoff 62 no)
Lancashire (21pts) beat Sussex (5pts) by 8 wkts
Andrew Flintoff blasted an unbeaten 62 to see Lancashire to an eight-wicket victory at Sussex.
Chasing a target of 107, Lancashire slipped to 16-2 after Jason Lewry (2-34) removed Lou Vincent (5) and Mal Loye (4) either side of an early tea caused by the second of two rain delays.
Without a significant score since returning from ankle surgery at the start of the season, Flintoff appeared to thrive on his promotion to number four, although he did survive a convincing appeal for caught behind off Corey Collymore's bowling early in his innings.
He went on to strike seven fours and three sixes during a 59-ball innings that dominated an unbroken third-wicket stand of 93 with Paul Horton (38no).
The result had been set-up by the bowling of Glen Chapple (6-58) and Sajid Mahmood (3-51), who shared the final four wickets of Sussex's second innings at the start of the day.
The hosts slumped from an overnight position of 223-6 to 245 all out in less than 10 overs, Murray Goodwin glancing Chapple behind down the leg side for 80 to start the collapse.
Further bad news for Sussex was provided by star leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed, who was unable to take the field during Lancashire's run chase due to ongoing knee problems.
Sussex will be hoping Murray Goodwin can help stave off the threat of a second successive home defeat after Lancashire tightened their grip on day three at Hove.
The former Zimbabwe batsman reached the close on 77 not out as the defending champions laboured to 223-6 in their second innings, meaning a lead of just 84.
It could have been even worse had Chris Adams been given out by the third umpire when he edged Andrew Flintoff to second slip, the replays not determining whether the ball had carried or not.
The England all-rounder failed to make a breakthrough in the day, meaning he has now bowled 34 overs in the contest without picking up a wicket.
Instead it was Glenn Chapple who was the star turn with the ball, picking up 4-49 to put Lancashire within sight of just their second win in this season's LV County Championship.
They had finished up with a first innings advantage of 139, skipper Stuart Law left unbeaten on 158 after seeing the final two wickets fall for just 10 runs at the start of the morning session.
Stuart Law dominated the second day of the LV County Championship clash between heavyweights Lancashire and Sussex as he struck an unbeaten 156 to put his side firmly in the driving seat.
Night watchman Gary Keedy's contribution was equally important - the left-arm off-spinner played his way to a personal best 64 as he and his captain put on an invaluable 160 partnership for the fifth wicket.
The only disappointment for Lancashire on a day they dominated was another failure from the out-of-form Andrew Flintoff.
The England all-rounder made just six before he chipped tamely to mid-wicket off the part-time bowling of Ollie Rayner.
Law and Glen Chapple (26 not out) return to the crease on day three with a lead of 129 as they look to add to their already imposing advantage.
Sajid Mahmood took five wickets but Lancashire's match at Sussex is finely poised after the first day's play at Hove.
Mahmood's 5-76 was the highlight of a solid Lancashire bowling performance that restricted the champions to 253 all out after they chose to bat first.
Andrew Flintoff bowled 15 wicketless but promising overs as he continued his comeback, but Mahmood took the headlines with his performance.
After an almighty mix-up between openers Michael Yardy and Chris Nash saw the latter run out with the score on 34, wickets tumbled at regular intervals.
Robert Martin-Jenkins held the innings together with his knock of 70, including a sixth-wicket stand of 88 with Carl Hopkinson.
Mahmood swept up the final three wickets as Sussex closed on a disappointing 253 all out, but they got themselves back into the match with the ball towards the end of the day.
Mal Loye went for a first-ball duck and Lou Vincent went for 38 as Lancashire slumped to 67-4 at stumps leaving the game well poised for day two.