Warwickshire conquered Sussex
Warwickshire thrashed Sussex by a huge margin of eight wickets in a four day County Championship Division One First-Class match at
Arundel Castle Cricket Club Ground. Sussex after winning the toss opted to bat first. They scored 251 runs all out courtesy of their Skipper EC Joyce and MW Goodwin who scored 73 and 79 respectively. Amongst the remaining batsmen CD Nash and LWP Wells could
cross the 20-run mark. The lower middle order and the tail-enders did not contribute much into their first innings total.
In response to their 251 runs, Warwickshire played tremendously and piled up a huge score on the board. They scored 481 runs in their first innings. Almost the whole team contributed enough to their team’s first innings total. Six of their batsmen scored
fifties. R Clarke was the high scorer amongst the all fifty-makers who scored 81 runs.
The second and third high scorers were DL Maddy and IJ Westwood who scored 76 and 72 respectively and three of the Warwickshire’s batsmen remained in the 50s. WTS Porterfield, KHD Barker and V Chopra scored 56, 52 and 50 respectively. So it was the team
effort in the batting department of Warwickshire. So Warwickshire scored 481 runs and took a first innings lead of 230 runs over Sussex.
However, in the second innings Sussex played more patiently and sensibly. In the second innings they scored 301 runs all out in 88.3 overs courtesy of LJ Wright and OP Rayner who scored 116 and 58 runs respectively.
The openers could not provide them a better start which demolished their top order due to the extra pressure exerted by the fall of wickets along with the pressure of a mountainous lead taken by the Warwickshire. However, the pressures was tremendously handled
by the number sixth and seventh batsmen and pulled Sussex out of the misery. At one time it looked like Sussex will be defeated by an innings but Wright and Rayner rescued them from such an embarrassment and made Warwickshire to bat again in the second innings.
So in the second innings Warwickshire required only 72 runs to win the match which they got by losing just two wickets and won the match comfortably by a huge margin of eight wickets.