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Sussex v Northants ( day two)

Yestereday I returned to the County Ground Hove .   Stumps were drawn with the game well poised.   Sussex were 61 runs ahead but 4 wickets down in their second innings. Ben Brown and Tom Haines are at the crease but unless Henry Slocombe and Jack Carson put on another rearguard action for the eighth wicket there is not a lot of batting left.   The match could go two ways; Haines and Brown could dominate the first session and the home side set Northants a tricky fourth innings total or both might go cheaply leaving Northants an easily achievable win.  Sussex’s nemesis are the pace bowlers Gareth Berg and Ben Sanderson who so far have taken 9 wickets and in Northant’s home victory 17.  The pair even scored 57 runs in a last wicket partnership.  There is normally moisture in the morning air at Hove which aids the quicks too.

I watched the match in the lower pavilion. Here gathered a group of hard core Sussex supporters typified by my neighbour Brenda  . Brenda kept up an constant chat of commonplace content about the Sussex supporting  friends she knew and poor Jo in the ticketing and membership office who had a puffy eye.  The group  were confused by the online ticketing system  .    And so was I.     I went on line to acquire a ticket for the T20 game between Sharks and Surrey only to find you can only reserve these  . However I  was never allocated a seat nor paid for one. In this and most consumer transactions these days  you are forever referred to the website

Brenda certainly seemed to know everybody   She chatted with Matt Prior who has been drafted in as coach for this and the next  game  against Yorkshire.   The hope  is that he will bring his experience and winning mentality to a young squad, the only problem being its the senior , overseas players Stiaan Van Zyl  and Travers Head who are underperforming


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