Matthew Hoggard stormed Yorkshire to victory in Hove with a hat-trick to reduce Sussex to 80-8. David Wainwright wrapped up the final two wickets to finish Sussex off for 83 all out. Wainwright scored an unbeaten 99 runs and took 9 wickets in the match.
The result does not secure Yorkshire’s Division One status but goes a long way towards it. Yorkshire are now 17 points clear of Sussex and play Hampshire at Headingley Carnegie this week when 6 points (perhaps less) will make safety a certainty.
Clause 38.1.7 of the rules of the competition dictate that when sides finish level on points the first tie-breaker used is most wins in the competition. If Sussex were to win and finish level with Yorkshire they would have three wins to Yorkshire’s two – so Yorkshire must finish ahead on points to stay up to avoid that scenario.
It was Hoggard’s first Championship hat-trick – he got one for England against West Indies in Bridgetown, Barbados in April 2004. It is the 52nd Yorkshire first-class hat-trick, but Hoggy has a long way to go to catch George Macauley who took four hat-tricks between 1923 and 1933, when he took two of them!
DAY FOUR REPORT - Yorkshire win by 156 runs
A Matthew Hoggard hat-trick inspired Yorkshire to an incredible 156-run victory over Sussex at Hove today, a win which leaves the White Rose county needing just five points to secure their top-flight future in the County Championship in next week’s final round of matches.
Yorkshire had been bowled out for 284 in their second innings this afternoon, setting the home side a gettable 240 from 40 overs.
Hoggard, who had boosted his side with a late and vital 26 off 24 balls with the bat in a last wicket partnership of 38 in eight overs with David Wainwright, then rolled back the years with a vintage display. He claimed the wickets of Andrew Hodd, Dwayne Smith and Piyush Chawla in the 21st over of the home side’s second innings to reduce them from 80-5 to 80-8. The 33 year-old finished with figures of 4-29 from eight overs, while left-arm spinner Wainwright finished with 4-12 from 8.3 to bowl Sussex out for just 83 in 25.3 overs. Sussex, who had reached 37-0 in the sixth over, lost all ten wickets for 46 runs in 20 overs.
“It’s always nice to get wickets, and you don’t see them every day,” said Hoggard. “It was nice to get a hat-trick, but it was even nicer to see Yorkshire get a win. “At one point we thought there was only two results possible, a Sussex win or a draw, but thankfully we managed to turn it around.”
Yorkshire claimed 20 points to Sussex’s seven, giving them a major boost going into Wednesday’s match against Hampshire at Headingley. Sussex travel to Notts on the same day, and Yorkshire will need five points to secure their top-flight future assuming their rivals pick up the maximum of 22 points.
Sussex had got off to a fine start in their chase before Joe Gatting pulled the ex-England ace to Joe Sayers at mid-wicket. Rory Hamilton-Brown was promoted up the order for obvious reasons, but was run out going for a second to Hoggard at long-leg. It left the score at 39-2 in seventh. Murray Goodwin fell in the second over after tea, caught behind by Gerard Brophy off Wainwright’s third ball of the innings. Chris Nash went three overs later, caught behind off the bowling of Ajmal Shahzad, and Carl Hopkinson proved to be Wainwright’s second victim to leave the hosts twitching at 71-5 in the 16th.
There was a five-over gap, a lull in proceedings you might say, before Hoggard re-ignited Yorkshire’s push in spectacular fashion, sparking personal memories of a Test match against the West Indies at Barbados in 2004. That day he bagged the scalps of Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shiv Chanderpaul and Ryan Hinds, and today it was Hodd caught behind, Smith bowled off-stump and Chawla smartly caught at second slip by Jonny Bairstow. From that moment, the result was rarely in doubt.
Corey Collymore was trapped lbw, offering no shot to Wainwright before Jason Lewry, in his last match at Hove before retirement, was bowled to gift the left-arm spinner match figures of 9-146 from 40.2 overs.
Earlier, Yorkshire had wobbled with the bat as Indian leggie Chawla and Smith gave their side hope on a wearing pitch taking considerable turn. Jacques Rudolph (70) played on off the first ball of the day to gift the 20 year-old spinner the first of his five wickets. Andrew Gale was caught behind by Hodd, Bairstow was trapped lbw by West Indian medium pacer Smith and Anthony McGrath caught at first slip by Hamilton-Brown off Chawla. Shahzad was then caught at forward short-leg by Mike Yardy off Chawla, Brophy caught by Gatting at square leg on the sweep, Rafiq bowled by Smith and Hoggard bowled by Lewry after his handy cameo.
Chawla finished with figures of 5-112 from 41 overs, while Smith finished with 2-75 from 32. They bowled 27 and 25 overs consecutively, meaning captain Yardy did not have to change a bowler until deep into the afternoon session. But their hard work was all to no avail.
“The players were outstanding,” said director of professional cricket Martyn Moxon. “I think we fought hard for the whole game. There were plenty of good individual performances throughout the four days, but that last session was unbelievable really.”
Day 4 Tea: Yorks 403 and 284, Sussex 448 and 44-2
All four results are still possible going into the final session at Hove in this crucial County Championship match between Sussex and Yorkshire today. A draw is still the favourite as Sussex chase 240 to win from a minimum of 40 overs.
The hosts have gone into tea on day four at 44-2 after eight overs. They need another 196 runs from 32 to put Yorkshire into choppy waters as far as relegation is concerned.
Yorkshire were earlier bowled out for 284 in their second innings, but recovered from 246-9 thanks to a last wicket stand 38 in eight overs between David Wainwright and Matthew Hoggard. Wainwright finished on 14 not out off 64 balls, but Hoggard cracked a crucial 26 off 24 balls. Indian leg-spinner Piyush Chawla finished with 5-112 from 41 overs.
Sussex then made a positive start to their chase thanks to Chris Nash and Joe Gatting (20). But Gatting was the first wicket to fall when he pulled Hoggard to Joe Sayers at mid-wicket to leave the score at 37-1 in the sixth over. And in the very next, first innings centurion Rory Hamilton-Brown, promoted up the order for obvious reasons, was run out going for a needless second to Hoggard at long-leg. That left the score at 39-2 in the seventh. Murray Goodwin will resume with Nash, who is unbeaten on 14, after tea.
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Close Day 3: Yorkshire 403 and 147-2, Sussex 448
It will be a tense final week of the season for both Yorkshire and Sussex if their County Championship match in the Hove sunshine finishes in a draw. That is the likely result as we head into tomorrow’s final day with Yorkshire on 147-2 in their second innings, a lead of 102.
Sussex are still the most likely winners if there was to be a positive result and the match played out in its normal way. But it may even get to the stage where Sussex, who marginally need a result more than Yorkshire do, want to set up a contrived finish. If that was to happen then the cards would have to be stacked in Yorkshire’s favour for them to play ball.
Sussex set the pace during early on today thanks to Rory Hamilton-Brown’s brilliant 171 not out off 210 balls, posting a first innings total of 448 in reply to Yorkshire’s 403. The 22 year-old batsman helped his side to a lead of 45, but it would have been a lot more had they not lost their last five wickets for 56 runs. David Wainwright confirmed career best figures of 5-134 from 31.5 overs, while Ajmal Shahzad finished with 4-84 from 29.
Yorkshire were then helped to their commanding second innings position by Jacques Rudolph’s unbeaten on 70 off 124 balls. The White Rose had earlier managed to confirm what could be a crucial third bowling bonus point with just three balls to spare, Wainwright trapping Corey Collymore lbw.
The third day undoubtedly belonged to Hamilton-Brown, who smashed 20 fours and two sixes in a 210-ball knock, harnessing attack and defence perfectly. He shared 128 in 32 overs with Murray Goodwin (63) for the fifth wicket and 99 for the sixth with Andrew Hodd.
Sussex were flying along at 392-5, and they looked set to put the White Rose under real pressure going into tomorrow’s final day. But Ajmal Shahzad (4-84 from 29) and Wainwright teamed up to take the last five wickets for 56 runs in 15 overs to give their side some much needed breathing space.
Wainwright, who had bowled Goodwin round his legs this morning, later claimed the last three wickets of Piyush Chawla, Collymore and Jason Lewry. Shahzad picked up the wickets of Hodd and Dwayne Smith.
Joe Sayers hit 31 off 58 balls to ensure Yorkshire wiped their deficit off before he was caught behind by Hodd off the bowling of Collymore. Adam Lyth also recorded 31, but was bowled when trying to flick part-time left-arm spinner Mike Yardy down to fine-leg. Rudolph made batting look easy.
DAY TWO REPORT: Sussex 233-4; Yorkshire 403 all out
Yorkshire and Sussex are neck and neck after two days of their County Championship match at Hove. The White Rose county posted a workable first innings total of 403 thanks in the main to an eighth wicket partnership of 157 between Ajmal Shahzad and David Wainwright, who hit 88 and 85 not out respectively.
Sussex then replied with 233-4 from 69 overs, and were helped along by 42 from Chris Nash, 46 from Joe Gatting, 58 from captain Mike Yardy, 44 not out from Murray Goodwin and 32 not out from Rory Hamilton-Brown.
The hosts had been batting with real intent on a slow and low wicket, which is definitely offering some turn, and had reached 165-2 in the 51st over of their response.
But enter in-form Shahzad, who whipped out two important wickets in consecutive balls to halt their charge. He forced Yardy (58) to chip a ball to Adam Lyth at mid-wicket before trapping Carl Hopkinson lbw for a golden duck.
Sussex had been boosted by an opening stand of 68 between Nash and Yardy, a second wicket stand of 62 between Yardy and Gatting and later an unbroken fifth wicket stand of 68 between Goodwin and Hamilton-Brown. Hopkinson aside, each and every one of their batsmen got starts but failed to capitalise. Hopefully, from Yorkshire’s perspective that will be a trend that continues as far as Goodwin and Hamilton-Brown are concerned.
The White Rose were left bemoaning a couple of dropped catches, the mostly costly being when Joe Sayers dropped the dangerous Goodwin at cover off the bowling of Azeem Rafiq on eight. Nash had earlier miscued the left-arm spin of Wainwright to Sayers at cover, while Gatting was trapped lbw by Matthew Hoggard just before tea. Shahzad finished the day with figures of 2-50 runs from 15 overs.
Earlier, he and Wainwright, who came together late on day one, shared their partnership in 42 overs. Shahzad’s 88 off 187 balls was a career best, whilst Wainwright’s 85 came off 146 balls. Hoggard also added a useful 17 at the end to get his side up to and beyond 400.
The White Rose missed out on batting bonus points four and five due to their slow run-rate, but managed to prevent Sussex from picking up a third bowling bonus point.
DAY ONE REPORT: Yorkshire 274-7
Ajmal Shahzad and David Wainwright, both having shown good form with the bat in recent times, are at it again as they attempt to help Yorkshire recover from a difficult start against Sussex at Hove.
The White Rose were hamstrung early on by an expert four-wicket haul from Indian leg-spinner Piyush Chawla on a slow and low turner. The 20-year-old Test and one-day international wheeled away, as Mushtaq Ahmed did here so successfully for many a year, and removed Joe Sayers, Anthony McGrath, Jonny Bairstow and Gerard Brophy.
The visitors were reduced to 104-5 and later 164-6, and it took a useful, unbroken eighth wicket partnership of 65 between the said pair to recover to 274-7 from 102 overs at close.
Adam Lyth, who was one of two changes to the side that drew against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge in their last match, made a fluent 50 off 69 balls, including ten fours, but was trapped lbw by ex-West Indies pace bowler Corey Collymore. He replaced all-rounder Rich Pyrah and off-spinner Azeem Rafiq replaced Deon Kruis.
That left Yorkshire at 75-3 in the 26th over, and followed the wickets of openers Jacques Rudolph and Sayers. Rudolph, who recorded his fifth duck of the campaign, was given out lbw to just the third ball of the match, bowled by left-armer Jason Lewry, while Sayers was uncharacteristically stumped to give Chawla his first wicket.
Captain McGrath looked solid for his 80-ball 25, but was caught behind by Andrew Hodd off Chawla just after lunch. Bairstow was trapped lbw and Brophy (34) was bowled shouldering arms after sharing a useful sixth wicket partnership of 60 in 22 overs with Andrew Gale, who chipped in with 60 off 177 balls.
Gale and Ajmal Shahzad then shared another constructive stand of 45 in 18 overs before the former had a brain freeze and cracked off-spinner Rory Hamilton-Brown to Joe Gatting at short cover. That left Yorkshire struggling at 209-7 in the 86th over, but that was where Shahzad and Wainwright came into play.
Shahzad hit 78 against Hampshire at Basingstoke and Wainwright 102 against Warwickshire at Scarborough, both career bests, and they were watchful yet pugnacious in their 16 overs together. Shahzad finished the day on 35 not out off 107 balls, while Wainwright closed on 39 off 48 having cracked five boundaries.
Jacques RUDOLPH, Joe SAYERS, Anthony McGRATH (capt), Andrew GALE, Jonathan BAIRSTOW, Gerard BROPHY (wk), Ajmal SHAHZAD, Adam LYTH, David WAINRIGHT, Matthew HOGGARD and Azeem RAFIQ
MH Yardy (capt), CD Nash, JS Gatting, MW Goodwin, CD Hopkinson, AJ Hodd (wk), DR Smith, RJ Hamilton-Brown, PP Chawla, JD Lewry, CD Collymore
LV COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE
6th - 9th June 2009 at Headingley Carnegie: Yorkshire (8pts) drew with Sussex (8pts)
Yorkshire 225 (94.5 overs) (GL Brophy 75*, CD Collymore 4-68, RSC Martin-Jenkins 3-38) & 272-7 dec (67 overs) (JA Rudolph 89, A McGrath 58, MH Yardy 3-15)