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Sussex v Derbyshire and the Test future of Ollie Robinson

The coastal weather has been clear and bright but with high winds.

I therefore swerved a trip to Hove for the county championship match between Sussex and Derbyshire.

Now you can follow every ball on a live steam with commentary by Adrian Harmes.

He misses a lot but is so affable and such a strong supporter of Sussex that you can only forgive.

Derbyshire posted a first innings some 7 runs ahead of Sussex one.

Yesterday morning Sussex were 76-4 but 2 youngsters, James Coles (aged 19) and Dan Ibvrahim (20) put on a fine stand, Coles scoring a century.

Proficient with bat, ball and in the field, Coles clearly has a bright future but the way things are this might well be in the white ball format and you can see a richer county like Surrey acquiring his skills.

Sussex closed at 273-5, so the final day is intriguing.  Can Sussex bat on – declare and then bowl Derbyshire out or can Derbyshire remove Coles cheaply?  Game on.

Adrian Harmes’ co-commentator was Dave Fletcher from Radio Derby.

County cricket throws up personalities like him, deeply knowledgeable on Derbyshire cricket and a real enthusiast for a county that has won precious little.

Indeed, when I played my game of Derbyshire best XI, I could think of great bowlers like Michael Holding, Mike Hendrick , Alan Ward, Devon Malcolm, Les Jackson – all rounder Dominic Cork and keeper Bob Taylor – but, aside from Kim Barnett, Chris Adams and David Steele, harder to fill the batting berths.

The commentators asked us to name the 25 most prolific run-getters of all time.  Some I knew – Jack Hobbs, Graeme Hick, Graham Gooch, Glenn Turner, Zaher Abbas – but I was surprised that Gordon Greenidge ranked 10th.

The Old Trafford Test is next week and will Ollie Robinson be selected?

I doubt it.

There is an injury concern as he suffered from back spasms at Headingley and it would seem Jimmy Andersen will be preferred on his home ground.

It’s a shame as Robinson’s steepling action has been effective but he may well end up as one of those county cricketers not quite up to Test-level, like Alex Lees – scoring now prolifically for Durham – Dom Siblsy and Dan Lawrence.

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About Ivan Conway

Ivan Conway will be reporting on Sussex sport. He is a member of the 1901 club at Brighton HAFC, Sussex County Cricket Club and an enthusiastic horse race goer. After selling his freight forwarding and conference business he settled in Hove. His other interests are bird watching, brass rubbing and bridge. More Posts