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Chawla stifles Yorkshire at Hove

CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY ONE: Yorkshire 274-7 (Yorks 2pts, Sussex 2pts)

16-19 September 2009

Piyush Chawla
Piyush Chawla

Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla improved Sussex's hopes of avoiding relegation from Division One with four wickets against main rivals Yorkshire at Hove.

Chawla finished with 4-82 from 37 overs as the visitors, who began the day only four points above Sussex in the table, could only post 274-7.

Andrew Gale (60) and Adam Lyth (50) both hit half centuries.

But acceleration was hard work for the Yorkshire batsmen on a low, slow pitch offering Chawla turn from the sea end.

Sussex made an important breakthrough with only the third ball of the match when Jacques Rudolph, Yorkshire's leading Championship run scorer this season, was lbw to Jason Lewry in what is likely to be the 38-year-old medium-pacer's final appearance at Hove before retirement.

Chawla then came into the attack in the 15th over and struck in only his second when Joe Sayers wasted an hour of careful reconnaissance by being stumped coming down the pitch trying to hit over the top.

Lyth hit 10 fours to reach his second half-century of the season before being trapped by Corey Collymore, but Chawla did the main damage, starting with two wickets in three overs after lunch.

Yorkshire skipper Anthony McGrath propped forward to a leg break and was smartly taken by wicketkeeper Andrew Hodd to give the 20-year-old his 200th first-class victim.

Jonathan Bairstow then failed to read Chawla's googly and fell for a 16-ball duck.

Both Gale and Gerard Brophy had moments of good fortune in adding 56 for the sixth wicket in 23 overs, but Chawla picked up his fourth wicket when Brophy offered no shot to a googly.

And Rory Hamilton-Brown took only his second Championship wicket of the season with his off-breaks to end a promising innings by Gale.

Passing 50 for the sixth time this season, the left-hander looked comfortable until he drove to short cover playing forcibly off the back foot.

In the final hour, Ajmal Shahzad and David Wainwright, whose maiden Championship hundred in last season's corresponding fixture effectively saved Yorkshire from relegation, added an unbeaten 65, the highest stand of the innings so far, to leave the contest evenly poised.

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