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

Durham 2nd innings: Day Four: Tea, Day Four: Sussex won by 133 runs,
Sussex 2nd innings: Day Four: Lunch,
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RASHID THE UNLIKELY HERO AS SUSSEX WIN AGAIN

Sussex had 5.5 overs to spare when they beat Durham by 133 runs at Chester-le-Street to go top of division two after winning five of their last six games.

Umer Rashid emerged as the hero, taking four for nine with his left-arm spin, including the final wicket.

Durham finished on 202 for nine, with Stephen Harmison unable to bat because of a viral infection.

Sussex batted on for four overs after lunch before declaring at the fall of their ninth wicket with the score on 253, setting Durham a target of 336 in 61 overs.

Trailing their visitors by 42 points, Durham were obliged to give it a go and had 48 on the board after seven overs on a pitch showing few signs of wear.

There was a brief lull after Jon Lewis was bowled by James Kirtley for 32, but Martin Love and Paul Collingwood took the score to 94 in the 18th over before Mark Robinson gained lbw verdicts with successive balls.

Love, who hit seven fours in making 41 off 46 balls, went only half forward then Nicky Peng departed in similar fashion.

Collingwood and Martin Speight had few problems in putting on 51 for the fifth wicket and a stalemate looked likely until Adams turned to Rashid with 26 overs left.

Collingwood inexplicably went down the pitch to his third ball, attempting a big hit to long-on, only to be bowled for 34.

Number 10 batsman Nicky Hatch survived for ten overs in partnership with Andrew Pratt, who was last out when he was caught at silly point off Rashid.

Skipper Chris Adams top scored for Sussex with 90 and Richard Montgomerie became the country's leading run scorer when he added 20 to his overnight 51.



ROBINSON REVIVES SUSSEX'S VICTORY HOPES

Mark Robinson gained lbw verdicts with two successive balls to rekindle Sussex's hopes of victory against Durham at Chester-le-Street today.

Set an unlikely target of 336 in 61 overs, Durham were racing along at 94 for two in the 18th over when Martin Love went half forward and was trapped by Robinson for 41.

Nicky Peng went in similar fashion next ball and at tea Durham were 111 for four with 38 overs left.

Michael Gough was also lbw, to Jason Lewry in the third over, but Love and Jon Lewis had 48 on the board after seven overs.

Lewis was bowled by James Kirtley for 32, but Love kept going for his shots, hitting seven fours in his 46-ball innings.

Beginning the final day on 135 for one, 217 ahead, Sussex advanced to 247 for seven at lunch and batted on for four more overs before declaring at 253 for nine.

Chris Adams holed out at long-on for 90, made off 167 balls, to become one of four victims for left-arm spinner Graeme Bridge.



SAFETY FIRST APPROACH LEAVES DRAW LIKELY

Chris Adams' safety-first approach left Sussex's match against Durham heading for stalemate at Chester-le-Street today.

Beginning the final day on 135 for one, 217 ahead, Sussex advanced to 247 for seven at lunch and it was only in the final 20 minutes that they showed any urgency.

Adams took 109 balls to reach 50, and although he went to his half-century with a six over long-off he continued to bat without risk until suddenly driving left-arm spinner Graeme Bridge to long-on.

He was out for 90, becoming a third victim for Bridge, who bowled all morning. In the last over before lunch Durham turned to the off-spin of Michael Gough and he had Umer Rashid caught at the wicket with his first ball then bowled Matthew Prior five balls later.

Richard Montgomerie, now the country's leading run scorer, was first to go this morning after adding 20 to his overnight 51. He walked into a ball from Bridge which drifted into him and was lbw.

Bas Zuiderent was clean bowled by Danny Law and Michael Yardy dragged a ball from Bridge into his stumps.

Sussex had added 112 in 29 overs and with 67 overs remaining their lead was 329.

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