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Last Updated: Monday, 18 June 2007, 17:36 GMT 18:36 UK
Sussex secure draw at Headingley
County Championship D1, Headingley, day four: Yorkshire 139 & 284-6 drew with Sussex 141 & 57-2
Points: Yorks 7pts, Sussex 7

The rain-affected top of the table clash at Headingley finished in a draw as Sussex closed on 57-2, having been set 283 to win on the final afternoon.

A match that lost the opening four sessions was always unlikely to produce a victory, and Yorkshire's teatime declaration left a minimum of 41 overs.

Sussex lost two quick wickets but were lifted by an unbroken 42 stand between Michael Yardy and Murray Goodwin.

Yorkshire bowled five overs in eight minutes to avoid an over rate penalty.

Part-time leg-spinners Younis Khan and Jacques Rudolph appeared to be in competition as to who could complete an over in the shortest amount of time, the Pakistan batsman taking 35 seconds on one occasion.

Earlier, Younis and Rudolph displayed little attacking intent as the Tykes resumed on 129-3.

The match was meandering until two wickets fell in three overs, Younis attempting to leave one from Robin Martin-Jenkins outside off-stump but getting an inside edge into the timbers and Gerard Brophy falling at bat-pad to Mushtaq Ahmed for a duck.

Rudolph, who took 115 balls to make 28 before lunch, quickened when the new ball was belatedly taken, but drove on the up to cover for 46.

Adil Rashid played some fluent shots in a partnership of 64 with Tim Bresnan, and was on 49 when the declaration came.

In the Sussex reply, Chris Nash aimed across the line and Richard Montgomerie departed in similar fashion to Younis, playing on when attempting to leave.

The frenetic bowling allowed Yorkshire to make up a four-over deficit from the first innings and escape a penalty, and the seven points to both sides ensured they remain five points clear at the top of the table.

Stand-in Yorkshire skipper Anthony McGrath admitted his tactic of rushing occasional bowlers through was unusual, but necessary.

"It was a bit of a farcical way to finish," he said. "Obviously we are conscious that we don't want to lose any points, every point, every half-point is crucial - the league is so tight, but I don't think we've done anything wrong."



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