County Championship: Ollie Robinson stars again as Sussex beat Middlesex

Ollie Robinson
Ollie Robinson's match analysis of 14-135 were Sussex's best figures since Ian Thomson's 15-75 against Warwickshire in 1964
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, 1st Central County Ground, Hove (day three):
Middlesex 75: Robinson 8-34 & 378: Simpson 89; Robinson 6-101
Sussex 309 & 145-3: Carey 69*, Wells 48*
Sussex (22 pts) beat Middlesex (3 pts) by seven wickets

Sussex paceman Ollie Robinson claimed the county's best match figures for 55 years to secure a seven-wicket Division Two victory over Middlesex at Hove.

The 25-year-old England Lions man ended with 14-135, following his first-innings 8-34 with 6-101 in the second.

Middlesex lost Sam Robson (68) early on day three still 63 runs behind, but John Simpson (89), James Harris (66) and Steven Finn (56) took them to 378.

Australia's Alex Carey smashed 69 as Sussex reached 145-3 to seal victory.

Carey struck four sixes - all from one Nathan Sowter over - and eight fours during his 54-ball knock.

The home side's 22 points lifted them above Middlesex in the Division Two table to boost their hopes of promotion, especially with Glamorgan losing by an innings to leaders Lancashire.

Sussex captain Ben Brown:

"It was a terrific win. We were underdogs, if you look at that Middlesex seam attack. They are all international cricketers. And we've got some players missing, like Delray Rawlins, Chris Jordan and Stiaan van Zyl.

"To come up against Middlesex was not ideal timing, so to turn them over was a fantastic result.

"Ollie Robinson put in an incredible performance. To carry the bowling attack like that was outstanding. He's an unbelievable bowling machine at the moment. If there is a better bowler in the country at the moment I'm not sure where he is.

"It's never too many overs for him. He just keeps coming and coming. He's delighted he won his cap this week. He deserves it. He's growing as a professional and that's really showing on the pitch."

Middlesex head coach Stuart Law:

"If you get bowled out for 75 you're not winning too many games of cricket. We've got no-one else to blame but ourselves for getting into that mess. Take nothing away from Sussex. They played pretty well, and Ollie Robinson was outstanding.

"The wicket had a bit in it in the first innings - they always do in four-day cricket - but we've got to find ways to get through that to negate what was effectively one bowler. Robinson bowled beautifully, but we can't keep doing it to ourselves and expect good results.

"There's a lot of language used in the dressing room and it borders on negativity. We've got to think the positives all the time. Sitting up in the dressing room and hearing some of the comments that are being made out in the middle I don't think it's helping us play. It's one thing that's got to change.

"There are a number of other things that need to change as well. The players have got the skill. It's a matter of application and determination inside them. You can see they're disappointed but they need to get time in the middle, to give ourselves an opportunity and apply ourselves better."

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