HORSHAM CRICKET FESTIVAL: Robinson reflects on frustrating second day

Mark Robinson SCCC 2015-16 Sussex County Cricket Club. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150413-094012001
Mark Robinson SCCC 2015-16 Sussex County Cricket Club. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150413-094012001

Sussex coach Mark Robinson admitted they were left with feelings of frustrations after a tough day at Cricketfield Road in the LV=County Championship.

James Taylor led the way with a staggering 291 as Nottinghamshire declared on 570-7 just before tea, before Sussex closed the day stuttering at 157-4 in the Division 1 clash that started late and ended early with bad light.

Robinson reflected on a lack of pressure built by his side with the ball due to a extended injury list of their frontline bowlers, but is hoping some sunshine on day three can get them back on track.

He said: “It’s a bit of frustration, really. I thought we had the two outstanding seamers in the game in (Steve) Magoffin and (Ollie) Robinson, who have bowled brilliantly.

“Unfortunately, we have not been able to back them up which is probably no fault of our back-up bowlers, because of the age they are and their inexperience, which costs you on wickets like this.

“You always feel you are a wicket away from getting inroads and unfortunately for Maggs and Ollie, who beat the bat a hell of a lot, as well as they played we have not been able to sustain pressure.

“Today were the opposite conditions to yesterday with the grey, solemn skies and you are pushing it a little bit.

“I think all the batters will be disappointed with their dismissals but we have seen that before a lot, you are chasing a bit of leather all day and you have a bit of fatigue in your mind as well as your legs.

“I’m not giving them excuses, but you have to have a bit of empathy at times.

“We live to fight another day, we will comeback. We have shown great character in the dressing room all season and we are going to need a bit more of that for the next two days.

“I suppose the openers will be the most disappointed, because they were in and off and running really. Everything looked quite flat and dead and then they give the game a bit on energy.

“The light worsens in mid-spell and suddenly we lose another two, but that’s the game. We have done that to other teams in the past and they have done it today.

“The weather forecast is meant to be a bit better tomorrow so with a good night sleep, hopefully we come back and make a good fight of what is a good cricket wicket here.

“It’s an excellent cricket wicket, all the bowlers are in the game, but as always at Horsham, if you get it wrong, you can go the distance.”

On how they approach the next two days, Robinson continued: “You just bat and play, it’s fast scoring, you can’t look too far ahead, you can’t worry about milestone or anything like that. That’s the example of James showed us, he scratched and he flicked it and inside edged it for the first big chuck of his innings, but he stuck to a game plan.

“When he settled and got in he played fluently more and more as the game went on and that’s the proper run getter. We will come tomorrow and hopefully the sun will shine and we will bat well.”