Ajmal spins through Sussex
Spinner's six wickets help Worcestershire to Horsham triumph
Last Updated: 13/08/11 6:20pm
Ajmal: eight wickets in the match
Worcestershire boosted their LV County Championship Division One survival hopes with a 34-run win over Sussex at Horsham.
Spinner Saeed Ajmal (6-124) and seamer Alan Richardson (4-54) did all the damage as Sussex were bowled out for 302 in pursuit of a victory target of 337 on the final evening.
Resuming at 17-1, Sussex slumped to 52-4 before lunch as Ajmal struck twice and Richardson once.
But Murray Goodwin and Michael Yardy raised hopes of a turnaround with a fifth-wicket stand of 151.
Goodwin brought up his 66th first-class century from 149 balls but crucially Ajmal removed Yardy (63) and Ben Brown (10) in quick succession to leave Sussex on 235-6 at tea.
And Goodwin's departure early in the evening session, lbw to Richardson for 122, was the start of a collapse from 267-6 to 302 all out with just under an hour of play remaining.
Worcestershire's 21-point haul moves them above Yorkshire, who they still have a game in hand over, and out of the relegation zone.
Worcestershire have their eyes on a third championship win of the season after setting Sussex 337 to win at Horsham.
The visitors made 311 in their second innings and still had the time to remove first innings half-centurion Joe Gatting in the seven overs they had at Sussex before the close.
The Pears had last wicket pair Ben Scott and Alan Richardson to thank for extending their lead as they added 56 from just 46 delliveries.
Sussex had plugged away all day as Worcestershire resumed on 16-0, Moeen Ali top-scoring again with 68 with the always-threatening Monty Panesar ending with 4-101.
But Scott (36 not out) and Richardson (41) counter-attacked to great effect, frustrating the opposition who had their own sniff of victory with the Pears on 255-9.
And the wait in the field clearly did not help Gatting, who had his leg stump knocked back by a Saeed Ajmal ball that turned sharply. It left them on 17-1 with a further 320 required for victory.
Worcestershire took a first-innings lead of 25 against Sussex on the second day of their LV= County Championship Division One match at Horsham.
Makeshift opener Joe Gatting made 71 for the home side while South African-born all-rounder Kirk Wernars hit a composed innings of 53 in what was only the 20-year-old's third first-class game.
Gatting shared a first-wicket stand of 57 with Ed Joyce before the latter departed and with Luke Wells, Gatting himself, Mike Yardy and Ben Brown all following suit, Sussex moved on to 152-5.
Wernars and Murray Goodwin then added 61 in 20 overs and the Dutch-born youngster also put on 28 with Wayne Parnell before being run out when new partner Monty Panesar drilled the ball straight to Alex Kervezee at mid-on and set off for a single - Wernars being too slow for the fielder's accurate return
Sussex once again failed to build a substantial score, with their eventual total of 265 the eighth time in their last nine innings that they have made less than 300.
Worcestershire went in again shortly before the close and reached 16 without loss, a lead of 41 going into the third day.
Worcestershire let a promising position slip as they were bowled out for 290 on the first day of their clash with Sussex at Horsham.
The visitors reached 244-4 after being put into bat but lost their final six wickets for just 46 runs as James Anyon returned figures of 4-71.
They had also made a shaky start when Anyon dismissed both Matt Pardoe and Vikram Solanki for ducks, but skipper Daryl Mitchell (66) and Moeen Ali (71) led the recovery with a third-wicket stand of 139.
Monty Panesar (3-75) made a double breakthrough by dismissing both batsmen but Alexei Kervezee (49) and 18-year-old four-day debutant Aneesh Kapil (54) contributed 88 more for the fifth wicket.
But the tide turned when Kervezee was run out by Joe Gatting when looking for a third run and the rest of the batting line-up offered scant resistance.
Sussex openers Gatting and Ed Joyce successfully batted out the last six overs of the day to leave the hosts on 16-0 at the close.