I watched a lively third day of the Championship match with Middlesex which Sussex won by 7 wickets with a day to spare.
Speedster Ollie Robinson will remember the match for some time: he won his cap and took 14 wickets for 135 runs. If there was not such a plethora of English international pacemen – Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad, his teammate Jefra Archer , Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood, Ben Stokes, the brothers Curran – he might be in the reckoning for an international cap.
He has already played for the Lions. His haul of 14 wickets was the best since 1964 when Ian Thomson took 15 for 75 against Warwickshire in Worthing.
He smote Nathan Sowter for 4 sixes in one over. He soon will be joined by an other Aussie Jason Behrendorff as we are losing Rashid Khan who has not pulled up any trees this year.
It’s sad to see Middlesex in such a sorry state.
On the very first ball of the Sussex innings a seagull swooped to steal the banana of their bowler Tim Murtagh fielding at third man. Things had not improved for Middlesex who were dismissed in their first innings for 75. They did bat better yesterday with Steve Finn and Murtagh putting on 75 for the final wicket.
After two defeats, to Durham and Northamptonshire, Sussex had slipped down the league but now can maintain a challenge. Harry Finch will need to improve. He made another record: consecutive pairs in two matches.
Who said the county game was dull?