Sussex beat Surrey by ten wickets at Horsham

JPCT 09-06-12 S12241254A Horsham Cricket Club Cricketfield Rd. Match action from Sussex v Surrey. Steve Magoffin is congratulated on the first wicket of the day  -photo by Steve Cobb

JPCT 09-06-12 S12241254A Horsham Cricket Club Cricketfield Rd. Match action from Sussex v Surrey. Steve Magoffin is congratulated on the first wicket of the day -photo by Steve Cobb

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Sussex wrapped-up a ten wicket County Championship win against Surrey at Horsham today in a tense finish.

Ed Joyce and Chris Nash guided Sussex to the win after they had been set 22 runs to win from the final six overs of the match when Surrey were dismissed for 248 in their second innings.

Surrey had started the day 39-1, but Sussex chipped away throughout the day, with wickets at regular intervals.

They were 183-7 at tea, before Murali Kartik, who had gotten away with some big heaves, saw his middle stump sent cartwheeling by Jimmy Anyon with Surrey still 30 runs short of making Sussex bat again.

New batsman Jon Lewis dug in alongside his skipper Rory Hamilton-Brown and eked Surrey towards to final hour of play, but Sussex introduced Chris Nash for a second spell, and in his second over, the Horsham boy teased the thinnest of edges from Lewis to set up an enthralling finish. Anyon then wrapped up the Surrey innings when he emphatically ripped Hamilton-Brown’s off-stump out of the ground, it meant needed 22 runs off six overs in their second innings to secure the win.

Nash and Joyce wasted little time in racing to their victory target, with Joyce hooking one enormous six off Lewis into the Barrack Field, to see Sussex home with four overs to spare.