Sussex edge to two-wicket win at Arundel

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STEVE Magoffin starred with bat and ball as Sussex beat Durham by two wickets on a tense final day at Arundel on Saturday (July 21).

Chasing 94 for victory, Sussex fell to 50-7 before Magoffin, who took nine wickets in the match, shared a 23-run stand with Kirk Wernars (4) and an unbroken ninth-wicket stand worth 21 with James Anyon to guide Sussex home.

Magoffin finished unbeaten on 23 and Anyon scored 15 not out as Sussex won their third County Championship Division 1 match of the season to move up to third place.

Durham started the day on 80-7 and were quickly dismissed for 93 – to leave Sussex a victory target of 94 as both sides posted 231 in their first innings.

Magoffin claimed two more wickets to finish with 6-22 off 12.4 overs, after taking 3-28 in the first innings. Wernars took the other wicket to fall - the key one of Durham captain Paul Collingwood for 29.

Sussex lost Luke Wells for a duck in the first over of their reply and wickets then fell regularly as Sussex fell to 50-7, with only Chris Nash (13) and Murray Goodwin (15) reaching double figures as Chris Rushworth and Callum Thorp tore through the batting line-up.

However, Magoffin and Anyon then took Sussex to their victory target, which they reached in 37 overs.

Rushworth finished with 3-35 off 15 overs and Thorp took 4-38 from 17 overs.

Sussex play the final game of the Arundel Festival of Cricket tomorrow (July 22) when they play Northamptonshire in CB40 Group C. The game starts at 1.45pm.