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24-27 September 2008

Hove (day four): Sussex 207 & 397-9d drew with Yorkshire 400-9d
Points: Yorkshire 12, Sussex 8

Murray Goodwin hit a final day century, his sixth of the season, as Sussex earned a draw with Yorkshire at Hove.

Both teams were assured of safety after Kent's rapid defeat to Durham, and finished level on points, Sussex taking sixth place because of more games won.

There was a standing ovation for Chris Adams in his final match as Sussex captain, before and after a breezy 35.

Goodwin hit 12 fours in his 118, while Adil Rashid enhanced his England claims with a hard-working 7-136 in 45 overs.

Sussex resumed on 118-2 but next season's captain Michael Yardy was keen that his side should avoid defeat and not have to rely on Kent.

But 12.3 overs into the morning session he departed for 72, caught at short-leg turning Rashid.

News from Canterbury inevitably filtered though during the morning, and Matt Prior did not last long, slicing the leg-spinner to point for seven.

Adams, who has yet to decide whether to continue in a playing role next season, was clearly intent on a major innings, having failed to score a century this season.

Inspired by the warm reception he received from the Sussex faithful, he drove Matthew Hoggard for consecutive fours down the ground.

His entertaining innings also contained three sixes, pulling Rashid through square, lofting slow left-armer David Wainwright back over his head and swiping Rashid through wide mid-on.

But trying another big shot against Yorkshire's spin prodigy, he did not connect properly and was caught by Steve Patterson running in from mid-off.

Luke Wright was trapped lbw by rashid in the final over before lunch, but soon after the interval Goodwin registered three figures once more with a sweep for a single.

Yorkshire took the new ball but Rashid continued from the Sea End, from where he had bowled 30 overs unchanged.

Goodwin was finally dismissed when a sweep fizzed off the back of his bat and was sharply caught one-handed at slip by Jacques Rudolph.

Ollie Rayner was caught in the penultimate over before tea, but despite some attacking field settings by Anthony McGrath, the Tykes were unable to wrap up the innings.

Robin Martin-Jenkins completed his half century before Rashid returned from the Cromwell Road End to dismiss him, the ninth Sussex wicket, at which point a declaration was made and the match ended in a draw.

Sussex cricket manager Mark Robinson said afterwards that it had been a testing summer for his side.

"It is had to take plaudits for saving [ourselves from] relegation and not actually winning the game, but we will take it and be ready to relaunch next year.

"It is testament to the boys that we came through," he added.

Yorkshire coach Martyn Moxon was also delighted with his side, who recovered from 84-6 to post a first innings total of 400-9 declared.

"The Rashid and Wainwright partnership was just out of this world, given the pressure we were under," he said.

"We followed that up with some disciplined bowling in Sussex's first innings and we knew we needed those three bowling points with the ball.

"We are obviously pleased that we survived. The players delivered and I am absolutely delighted with their attitude and the performance they have put in."

see also
Kent v Durham
27 Sep 08 |  Counties
Sussex & Tykes likely to escape
26 Sep 08 |  Counties
Yorkshire rearguard stuns Sussex
25 Sep 08 |  Counties
Sussex make strides to survival
24 Sep 08 |  Counties

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