Abdur Rehman and Alfonso Thomas lift Somerset at Sussex
Somerset kept the pressure on Sussex during yesterday’s LV= County Championship clash at Hove after skipper Marcus Trescothick put the home side in to bat
Sussex were soon bogged down by some tidy Somerset bowling. Wickets fell steadily throughout the day until a late-order collapse left Sussex with a total well below par.
The honours were shared around by the Somerset attack and Trescothick, who took five catches in the slips.
Abdur Rehman was the pick after arriving late from UAE. The Pakistan spinner flew through the night to Gatwick after featuring in the one-day international against Australia in Sharjah.
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Twelfth man Jack Leach deputised before Rehman arrived on to the field in mid-afternoon to take three wickets.
Sussex were already toiling by then. They lost only Chris Nash in the morning session, caught behind off a sharply rising delivery from Steve Kirby, but the wheels began to fall off after lunch.
Luke Wells hit Kirby straight to short mid-wicket to make way for Murray Goodwin on his final home appearance after announcing his retirement overnight.
The long-serving Zimbabwean’s penultimate innings at Hove ended, like his farewell campaign, in disappointment.
Goodwin was caught for 16 at second slip by Trescothick, driving, the first of two wickets for Sajid Mahmood.
South African Alfonso Thomas ripped the heart out of the Sussex innings with a burst of three for five in 15 balls before tea. England wicketkeeper Matt Prior, returning as a specialist batsman, was clean bowled for 17.
Captain Ed Joyce had held Sussex together with a patient knock of 65 before Thomas had him caught behind, and then Ben Brown was taken by Trescothick to reduce Sussex to 179 for six.
Michael Yardy and Steve Magoffin steadied the ship after tea with a partnership of 38 until Rehman prompted a late-order surrender.
He removed Yardy and James Anyon, both caught in the slips by Trescothick. Mahmood ended Magoffin’s resistance to give Trescothick his fifth catch and Rehman wrapped the innings up by bowling Lewis Hatchett as Sussex lost their last three wickets for no runs.
They responded in the field, Magoffin trapping Arul Suppiah cheaply in a lively opening spell from the sea end.
Magoffin also thought he had taken the key wicket of Trescothick, but a thin edge fell just short of wicketkeeper Brown.
Somerset batsman Jos Buttler stayed with the England squad as cover for Jonathan Trott yesterday. England batsman Trott will miss today’s ODI with South Africa at Trent Bridge with a hand injury.