County Championship: Sussex attack polishes off Hampshire

Luke Wright and Matthew Hobden
Matthew Hobden (right) took two wickets in each innings after only playing three Championship games last summer
LV= County Championship Division One, Ageas Bowl
Sussex 444 & 164: Wright 61, Tomlinson 4-37
Hampshire 231 & 285: Carberry 79
Sussex beat Hampshire by 92 runs
Sussex 22pts, Hampshire 3pts
Match scorecard

Sussex underlined the gap between the divisions in the County Championship by completing a 92-run win over promoted Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.

The home side, chasing 378 to win, were bowled out for 285 just before lunch.

Having resumed on 181-4, their hopes were undermined by the early dismissals of Will Smith and Adam Wheater.

Off-spinner Luke Wells (2-24) claimed the vital wicket of Sean Ervine for 42 and bowled last man James Tomlinson to bring the game to an end.

The three-times champions, third behind Yorkshire last summer, needed less than 20 minutes to remove Hampshire's overnight pair

And it was Eastbourne-born seamer Matthew Hobden who did the early damage as he had Smith caught behind down the leg-side and bowled Wheater in successive overs.

Paceman Ajmal Shahzad (3-63) completed a promising Sussex debut by removing Gareth Berg, who prodded to short extra cover, before Wells had Ervine smartly taken by Craig Cachopa at leg-slip to reduce the hosts to 244-8.

Chris Wood hit a straight six off Wells and two fours in his innings of 30, but then edged a ball from Steve Magoffin to the wicketkeeper and Wells completed the victory three overs later.

Hampshire skipper Jimmy Adams:

"I thought yesterday guys showed a lot of character and gave us a chance of winning the game today - but it wasn't to be.

"We missed a big score from one of the top six, which was the difference in the two teams."

Sussex captain Ed Joyce:

"It is great to get a win under our belts against a really good team.

"We let ourselves down with the bat in the second innings to give them a sniff of victory, but our bowlers throughout the game were outstanding and so was our catching - both of those things helped us win the game.

"Hampshire were a really strong team, even without their overseas bowler (Jackson Bird). They will be a difficult side to beat this season."

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