CricInfo Championship: Durham v Sussex at Chester-le-Street, 18-21 Jul 2001
Tim Wellock

Sussex 2nd innings: Tea - Day 3, Stumps - Day 3,
Durham 1st innings: Lunch - Day 3,
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DECLARATION PUZZLE FACES ADAMS

After a day of mixed fortunes Sussex skipper Chris Adams faces a tough decision over when to declare against Durham at Chester-le-Street.

An astonishing spell of four for six by Adams was not enough for Sussex to enforce the follow-on as they seek their fifth win in six matches.

The captain is on 33 not out as Sussex go into the final day on 135 for one in their second innings, leading by 217.

He could be influenced by an elbow injury to his leading wicket-taker Jason Lewry, who retired today just as the new ball was due.

Durham had already passed the follow-on target by then, but there was further frustration as Mark Robinson had to be removed for running down the wicket and Adams had to bowl again.

He finished with 4-28, beating the career-best 4-29 he took for Derbyshire against Lancashire at Derby in 1991, but Durham's last two wickets put on 115 before they were all out for 360.

Replying to 442, Durham were 222-3 when Adams introduced his gentle medium pace and induced a skied return catch from Nicky Peng off his first ball.

Paul Collingwood skied a catch to mid-wicket, Martin Speight was bowled shouldering arms and Danny Law was stumped down the leg side.

When Lewry had Graeme Bridge lbw Durham went into lunch on 245-8, still needing 48 to avoid the follow-on.

But wicket-keeper Andrew Pratt led the revival, making 51 not out, his second Championship half-century.



DURHAM AVOID THE FOLLOW-ON

An astonishing spell of four for six by skipper Chris Adams was not enough for Sussex to enforce the follow-on against Durham at Chester-le-Street.

Replying to 442, Durham were 222-3 when Adams introduced his gentle medium pace and induced a skied return catch from Nicky Peng off his first ball.

Paul Collingwood skied a catch to mid-wicket, Martin Speight was bowled shouldering arms and Danny Law was stumped down the legside.

When Jason Lewry had Graeme Bridge lbw, Durham went into lunch on 245-8, still needing 48 to avoid the follow-on.

But the last two wickets added 115 with wicket-keeper Andrew Pratt making 51 not out, his second Championship half-century.

With Lewry suffering an elbow injury and Mark Robinson warned off for running down the pitch, Adams had to bowl again and finished with 4-28, beating the career-best 4-29 he took for Derbyshire against Lancashire at Derby in 1991.

Sussex were 54 without loss at tea in their second innings, Murray Goodwin reaching 1,000 Championship runs when he was on 25.



ADAMS INSPIRES DURHAM COLLAPSE

Sussex skipper Chris Adams had an inspired morning against Durham at Chester-le-Street, catching opposing captain Jon Lewis for 99 then taking four wickets in four overs.

Durham were on 222 for three in reply to 442 when Adams introduced his gentle medium pace in the day's 23rd over just as bright sunshine was giving way to cloud. At lunch they had slumped to 245 for eight, still needing 48 to avoid the follow-on.

Nicky Peng shaped to turn Adams' first ball through square leg only to lob it straight back to the bowler.

In his next over Paul Collingwood fell for 34 when he skied a pull to mid-wicket, where James Kirtley took a good running catch.

Martin Speight shouldered arms and was bowled for six, then another former Sussex player, Danny Law, lifted his back foot as a ball swung past leg stump and was well stumped by Matthew Prior.

A full-length inswinger from James Kirtley had Martin Love lbw for 35 in the day's second over, but Lewis hit three fours in progressing from his overnight 83 before nibbling at a ball from Mark Robinson and edging to slip.

In the last over before lunch Jason Lewry had Graeme Bridge lbw.

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