Sussex v Yorkshire: Wells, Nash & Hamilton-Brown bat out draw

Luke Wells
Sussex opener Wells faced 246 balls for his 81, hitting nine fours
LV= County Championship Division One, Arundel
Sussex 316 & 228-3 dec drew with Yorkshire 470-7 dec
Yorkshire 10 pts Sussex 9 pts
Match scorecard

Luke Wells, Chris Nash and Rory Hamilton-Brown all struck half-centuries as Sussex batted out a draw against Yorkshire at Arundel.

Resuming the final day 21-0, still 133 behind the visitors' first-innings 470-7 declared, openers Wells (81) and Nash (53) shared 66 to provide a platform.

Wells and Hamilton-Brown (62) then put on 110 against a toiling Tykes attack.

Sussex declared on 228-3 at 16:55 BST, prompting the captains to shake hands and agree on a draw.

It had always looked the most likely result heading into the last day, and Wells remained particularly resolute in defence to ensure his side would secure their share of the points.

The 23-year-old faced 246 deliveries in compiling his 81, before eventually falling to Adam Lyth - the pick of the Yorkshire bowlers with 2-40 from 15 overs.

Spinner Azeem Rafiq also had a large part to play, bowling 31 overs before ending with figures of 1-79.

The result means Yorkshire go back to the top of Division One, level on points with second-placed Nottinghamshire, while Sussex are sixth.

BBC Sussex's Adrian Harms:

"After four days of tough Championship cricket, the slow Arundel wicket finally won the day, as just 20 wickets fell in the match.

"Both sides can take positives. Yorkshire from the batting of Jonny Bairstow and Jack Leaning, and Sussex from the bowling of James Tredwell and Steve Magoffin, plus the batting of Luke Wells.

"With seven games left, Yorkshire are right in the thick of the Championship race.

"And do not discount Sussex, who may be sixth but are just 20 points behind the leaders as they head to face Durham on Sunday."

Top Stories