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Sussex v Essex – The Bob Willis Trophy – Result – 1st Central County Ground, Hove – Report
Sussex 194 and 141
Essex 140 and 199/7
Essex won the toss and elected to bowl
Essex won by three wickets
Essex recorded their third victory in as many Bob Willis Trophy matches and remain on course for finals day, but were made to fight every inch of the way in what proved to be a thrilling encounter with Sussex at Hove.
With the first two days heavily affected by the inclement weather, the subsequent finish seemed a million miles away.
Phil Salt’s 57 was the highlight as Sussex posted a first-innings total of 194 – Jamie Porter, 5/60, and Simon Harmer, 3/48 unsurprisingly doing he bulk of the damage with the ball for the unbeaten visitors’
But Sussex seized the initiative, with George Garton impressively claiming 5/26 as Essex were skittled for 140 – Harmer and Paul Walter staging a seventh-wicket stand of 29 as Essex recovered from 90/6.
Porter and Harmer again offered Essex hope. Porter finishing with second-innings figures of 3/28 while Harmer took 5/54. Nevertheless, Harry Finch (32) and Delray Rawlins (40) helped Sussex set a target of 196 from 52 overs.
A grandstand finale initially saw Essex hone in on victory with Dan Lawrence hitting 60 0ff 77 deliveries. However, Garton took his match figures to 9/76 – twice claiming the prize wicket of Sir Alastair Cook during the match – to ensure the contest went almost to the wire.
Paul Walter and Aaron Beard remained composed – Walter finishing unbeaten on 27 while Beard’s boundary won the day with little time to spare.
Essex currently heads the South Group by sixteen points. they now face Hampshire at Arundel Saturday, August 22-25 (11am), while Middlesex are the visitor’s to The Cloudfm County Ground on Sunday, September 6-9 (10:30am).
Sussex: Phil Salt, Tom Haines, Harry Finch, Tom Clark, Ben Brown (WK Capt), Aaron Thomason, Delray Rawlins, George Garton, Henry Crocombe, Stuart Meaker, Mitch Claydon,
Essex: Sir Alastair Cook, Nick Browne, Tom Westley (Capt), Dan Lawrence, Ryan ten Doeschate, Paul Walter, Adam Wheater (WK), Simon Harmer, Aaron Beard, Jamie Porter, Matt Quinn
Umpires: IJ Gould and M Newell
Scorers: GJ Irwin and P Elford
Match Referee: SJ Davis