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Flintoff fifty seals Lancs win

County Championship D1, Hove, day four:
Lancashire 392 & 109-2 bt Sussex 253 & 245 by 8 wkts

Points: Lancs 21, Sussex 5
Match scorecard

Andrew Flintoff
Flintoff soon helped Lancs to their target with some aggressive shots

Andrew Flintoff's 50th first-class fifty inspired Lancashire to a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Sussex on the final afternoon at Hove.

Flintoff, dropped at slip on 19, had some moments of fortune but hit three sixes in an unbeaten 62 off 59 balls.

The target was 107 after Sussex added only 22 with their last four wickets, Murray Goodwin first out for 80.

There was a rain delay after lunch and an early tea was taken but Flintoff soon sealed the win in the sunshine.

It was Flintoff's first half-century in the first-class arena since he made 61 against Hampshire in May 2007. He recorded an important victory for Lancs with a flick through mid-wicket for four to lift his side to second in the table.

Sussex began the final day confident of posting a reasonable target, or at least enough runs to perhaps delay Lancashire for the forecasted rain to intervene.

Goodwin had added only three runs when he was dropped low down by a diving wicketkeeper Luke Sutton.

The lead was 93 at that stage but it did not cost Lancashire at all, as Goodwin glanced the very next ball down the leg-side and Sutton held a good catch to his left.

Ollie Rayner soon followed, driving loosely to gully and Mushtaq Ahmed failed to trouble the scorers before his stumps were shattered by Glen Chapple, the veteran seamer's sixth wicket.

Last man Jason Lewry thumped successive boundaries to take the lead over 100 but had his leg-stump removed by Sajid Mahmood, the paceman's eighth wicket of the match.

The Lancashire reply lasted only one over before the first rain interruption.

In the short period that followed before lunch, Lou Vincent was dropped in the gully but Lewry found some swing to have him caught behind.

When play resumed in the final session Mal Loye's disappointing match ended when he was trapped by more inswing from Lewry.

That brought Flintoff to the crease, and he survived a nervy start in which Corey Collymore and his teammates were convinced he had edged behind, although replays showed the sound had been ball brushing his leg.

Carl Hopkinson failed to hold Flintoff's fierce drive, which gave him a sharp one-handed chance to his left, and also spilled an equally rapid Paul Horton edge to his right in the same position.

Flintoff stepped down the wicket to thump Robin Martin-Jenkins over wide long-on for six, then treated former West Indies paceman Collymore to the same fate with an impressive straight drive.

His fifty was recorded in fortuitous fashion when he charged down the pitch to spinner Rayner and got an inside edge past the stumps for four, but his third six over long-on off Michael Yardy was straight out of the middle of the bat, and straight into the hospitality marquee.

see also
Robust Goodwin keeps Sussex alive
01 Jul 08 |  Counties
Sussex laid low by Law's century
30 Jun 08 |  Counties
Sussex rally after batting slump
29 Jun 08 |  Counties

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