Sussex close in on victory at Horsham

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Sussex are in a commanding position to claim a win against Surrey at Horsham today.

Going into the final session of their County Championship match, Sussex have reduced Surrey to 183-7 in a good afternoon session, and with 27 overs remaining, will be looking to wrap up victory at Cricketfield Road.

Sussex wanted early wickets after lunch and nine overs into the session were rewarded when Zander de Bruyn departed for 21, giving Monty Panesar his second wicket LBW of the day with an attempted sweep. Steven Davies had looked bright for his 35, but Panesar claimed a third victim when the Surrey wicketkeeper nibbled an edge to Ben Brown and Surrey were 162-5. Jimmy Anyon bowled with menace, and subjected Tom Maynard to one torrid over of short balls, which the Surrey man did well to negotiate.Maynard and skipper Rory Hamilton-Brown dug in, but their partnership was broken in Chris Nash’s first over. Horsham Nash was brought on from the Town End, and trapped Maynard in his crease LBW.

It got worse for Surrey when next man in Gareth Batty had added just two. Keen to get off strike, he called for a single, and although Hamilton-Brown sent him back, Steve Magoffin’s throw beat him back and Ben Brown completed the job, reducing Surrey to 181-7 at tea.