Sussex v Somerset: Murray Goodwin misses farewell century

Alfonso Thomas and Murray Goodwin
County Championship Division One, Hove
Close, day three: Sussex 221 & 308, Somerset 134 & 155-4
Sussex 4pts Somerset 3pts,
Match scorecard

Murray Goodwin's last appearance for Sussex at Hove ended in disappointment as he fell 23 runs short of a century on the third day against Somerset.

Goodwin, 39, who will be leaving the county at the end of the season, was given a standing ovation by the home fans after he was dismissed for 77.

Chris Nash, 106 not out overnight, made 126 as Sussex were bowled out for 308 with Alfonso Thomas taking 5-68.

Somerset, set 396 to win, reached 155-4 with Marcus Trescothick scoring 71.

Zimbabwean Goodwin made 48 first-class centuries during 12 seasons at Sussex and set a county record with an innings of 344 not out against Somerset in 2009.

He has also scored more than 24,000 runs in all competitions and helped Sussex to win seven trophies, including the County Championship title in 2003, 2006 and 2007.

The hosts had started this match confident of moving towards another championship success but their hopes were dashed with Warwickshire's win at Worcestershire.

Murray Goodwin
Murray Goodwin walked off the pitch with his sons

Sussex resumed on 186-2 and moved to 230-2 before losing six wickets for 40 runs as Nash and Goodwin were both caught behind by Steve Snell off the bowling of Alfonso Thomas.

As Goodwin walked back to the pavillion, he was joined by his sons Jaydon and Ashton.

Somerset made a bright start to their second innings as Trescothick and Arul Suppiah (70) put on 147 for the first wicket before both batsmen fell in successive overs.

Steve Magoffin (3-15) also claimed the wickets of Chris Jones and Steve Kirby late on to set up a thrilling final day where Somerset need 241 runs, while Sussex are six wickets from victory.


BBC Sussex's Kevin Smith:

"Today was billed as Murray Goodwin's fairytale farewell with Sussex piling on the runs, however, neither fully materialised.

"Goodwin fell for 77 and added 183 with Chris Nash, who made 126. But from 240-2, Sussex could only muster 308, with Alfonso Thomas taking 5-68.

"Set 396, Trescothick and Suppiah put on an opening stand of 147. However, every innings has witnessed a collapse and this one came dramatically late in the day.

"Four wickets fell for four runs, including the vital one of Trescothick for 71, to leave Sussex as firm favourites for victory tomorrow."