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Hoggard hat-trick shatters Sussex

Yorkshire 403 & 284 beat Sussex 448 & 83 by 156 runs
(Yorkshire 21pts, Sussex 8pts)

Matthew Hoggard
Hoggard took the wickets of Hodd, Smith and Chawla in successive balls

Former England paceman Matthew Hoggard took a hat-trick as Yorkshire bowled out Sussex for just 83 to win the vital relegation dogfight at Hove.

Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla's five-wicket haul looked to have set up the chance of a Sussex run-chase after Yorkshire were bowled out for 284.

But, set 240 to win, Sussex collapsed from 44-2 at tea to lose by 156 runs.

Hoggard (4-29) was aided by spinner David Wainwright (4-12) to leave Sussex deep in trouble in eight place.

Now 15 points behind Lancashire, who have dropped to seventh, Sussex must now head to Trent Bridge on Wednesday (23 September, 1030 BST), knowing that they have to beat Nottinghamshire to stand any chance of staying up.

Even if they do win, Sussex, county champions three times in the last six years, will still need either Hampshire, Yorkshire or Lancashire to be badly beaten.

For 32-year-old Hoggard, who is out of contract at the end of the season and has been linked with other counties, it was truly a day to remember.

Earlier, after Jacques Rudolph had gone without adding to his overnight 70 and Yorkshire had collapsed from 147-2 to 246-9, last man Hoggard hit five fours in a swashbuckling innings of 26 in a 10th-wicket stand of 38 which just tilted the balance Yorkshire's way.

Then, when Sussex batted, at 39-1, having already removed Joe Gatting, he ran out Rory Hamilton-Brown with a good throw from third man as Sussex's in-form first-innings centurion came back for a risky second run.

Wainwright then nipped in to remove veteran Murray Goodwin and Carl Hopkinson either side of Ajmal Shahzad having Chris Nash caught behind.

At which point, at 80-5, Hoggard really go to work, having Andrew Hodd caught behind.

His next ball sent Dwayne Smith's off-stump flying out of the ground and he claimed the second hat-trick of his career when reserve keeper Jonathan Bairstow held onto Piyush Chawla at second slip.

Hoggard's first hat-trick was for England against the West Indies in Bridgetown in 2004. And it was the first Yorkshire hat-trick since Craig White, now the Tykes' second XI coach, performed the feat in 1998.

Wainwright finished it off, taking the final two wickets to leave Yorkshire now needing just five points from their final match against Hampshire at Headingley to be sure of safety.

Meanwhile, Sussex face the prospect of relegation just two years after winning the Championship for the third time in five years.

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see also
Hamilton-Brown best helps Sussex
18 Sep 09 |  Counties
Hove relegation scrap in balance
17 Sep 09 |  Counties
Chawla stifles Yorkshire at Hove
16 Sep 09 |  Counties

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