Sussex soar to fourth win
Leicestershire crash to heavy loss with day to spare
Last Updated: 29/04/10 5:08pm
Panesar: Played crucial role
Sussex earned their fourth consecutive Division Two win with victory over Leicestershire at Hove on Thursday.
The home side claimed a 10-wicket triumph on the third day after overcoming some stubborn resistance from Leicestershire, led by veteran Paul Nixon.
Nixon hit 93 while captain Andrew McDonald and Wayne White both added 47 as the visitors were bowled out for 338 in their second innings.
Sussex then needed just 61 to complete their win and they achieved the task in 13.3 overs with Michael Thornely making 29 and Chris Nash, who smashed the winning boundary off White, unbeaten on 27.
The hosts' bowling attack played a crucial part in their victory, with Monty Panesar a key contributor, making his breakthrough in the seventh over of the day when McDonald prodded to short leg after helping Nixon put on 95 in 25 overs for the fourth wicket.
Sussex's seamers also shone, mopping up Leicestershire's tail after lunch, with AJ Harris the last to go as Corey Collymore bowled him as he prodded forward.
Sussex are on course for a fourth successive victory in Division Two after centuries from captain Murray Goodwin and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan.
The pair shared an eighth-wicket stand of 164 in 32.2 overs to help raise their side's total to 392 all out - a first innings lead lead of 278 - on the second day against Leicestershire at Hove.
Goodwin's 41st century for the county moved him into ninth place on the all-time list of Sussex century-makers, as he and Rana hammered some woeful bowling during a morning session when 166 runs were plundered in 32 overs.
Rana began the day 24 runs behind his partner but reached his hundred three balls before Goodwin. It was the fifth hundred of his career and second for Sussex and included nine fours and two sixes, both off slow left-armer Claude Henderson.
He had added a single when he mis-timed a drive off acting captain Andrew McDonald and was caught at mid-off, having faced 113 balls for his first century at Hove.
Goodwin continued unabashed, going on to record the 60th first-class century of his career. It was a surprise when McDonald trapped him leg before for 142 from 173 balls which included 21 fours and two sixes, both carved powerfully over point as he took advantage of a short boundary.
The visitors closed on 226 for three in their second innings, held together by an unbeaten 68 from Paul Nixon, but still 52 runs behind with seven wickets in hand.
An undefeated half-century from Murray Goodwin put Sussex in charge after a mixed first day against unbeaten Leicestershire at Eaton Road.
Sussex finished the day on 213 for seven, with a lead of 99, after Leicestershire were dismissed for just 114 in 35.3 overs.
Leicestershire put themselves back in the game when they reduced Sussex to 112 for six, but Goodwin added 49 with Robin Martin-Jenkins and an unbeaten 52 for the eighth wicket with Rana Naved to put the match back in the home side's favour.
Will Jefferson, whose 27 was comfortably the best score, partnered Matt Boyce to make 38 for Leicestershire before Naved dismissed the former to initiate a collapse which saw 10 wickets fall in 26.4 overs.
James Anyon opened for Sussex and lasted for 28 overs before he was claimed by Nathan Buck, while opening partner Michael Thornely was caught low down at slip off AJ Harris and Joe Gatting was taken down the leg side by wicketkeeper Tom New in Claude Henderson's first over.
Chris Nash, who came in at number four, was trapped on the crease by Andrew McDonald, while Buck dismissed Matt Prior and Andrew Hodd before Goodwin and Martin-Jenkins restored some stability for the hosts.