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Promoted Sussex home in on Division Two title

Sussex 381 beat Northants 125 & 237 by an innings and 19 runs
Sussex 23 pts, Northants 3 pts
Match scorecard

Yasir Arafat
Former Scotland fast bowler Arafat took the 39th 'five for' of his career

Sussex moved a step nearer the Division Two title as Northants were polished off halfway though day three at Hove.

After resuming on 48-2, still needing another 208 runs to avoid the follow-on, Mal Loye kept Northants' hopes alive, batting over three hours for 73.

But, once he was out, the first of Monty Panesar's two victims, the end was nigh and they were all out for 237.

Yasir Arafat starred for Sussex, taking 5-74 in his already-promoted side's victory by an innings and 19 runs.

That was his season's best - and the 39th five-wicket haul of his career - as Sussex virtually wrapped up the title.

Sussex now need just three points from their remaining match at Worcester next week to be crowned Division Two champions.

After resuming on 48-2, Northants lost two quick wickets to Corey Collymore to undermine hopes of a fightback.

David Sales got a thin edge on an attempted pull to be caught behind with just 15 runs added and Rob Newton was then yorked after he had earlier pulled a short ball from James Anyon for a six that shattered a press-box window.

Opener Loye and skipper Andrew Hall staged a recovery of sorts. But, when Anyon switched ends, he trapped Hall leg before in the second over of his new spell, although the South African was well forward and dragged himself reluctantly from the crease.

Loye then found a reliable partner in James Middlebrook and, either side of lunch, they put on 67 in 19 overs for the sixth wicket.

But Sussex skipper Murray Goodwin brought back Arafat and his post-lunch spell broke the back of the innings as three wickets fell in 11 balls without addition to the score.

Middlebrook was bowled off his pads for 26 and, in the next over, Loye, whose 72 was only his second half-century of the season, was bowled by a beauty from Monty Panesar which turned sharply to beat his defensive push and clip the off bail.

In his next over, Arafat pinned David Murphy for a duck and although Northants' tail offered some resistance it was only a matter of time.

And Panesar wrapped up victory when last man Lee Daggett mis-cued a drive to mid off to leave the England spinner just one short of 50 wickets in his first season at Hove.

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see also
Sussex seal return to top flight
08 Sep 10 |  Counties
Sussex on the brink of promotion
07 Sep 10 |  Counties

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