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Super Sussex surge to the summit

Sussex moved top of LV= County Championship Division One courtesy of a comprehensive innings-and-116-run victory over Somerset completed in less than five sessions at Horsham.

Steve Magoffin finished with career-best match figures of 12-31 as Somerset followed up their paltry first-innings 76 by being rolled for 108 in 35.3 overs.

The match was brought to a close at 2:35pm on the second day, Sussex recording their third win in five matches.

Somerset's day had started well when Alfonso Thomas had Magoffin caught at mid-on in the first over, but only after the Australian had helped Sussex to 300 to secure a third batting bonus point.

Facing a deficit of 224, Somerset made a steady start to their second innings, only to suffer another alarming collapse.

After reaching 27 without loss, Marcus Trescothick was caught behind aiming an airy drive at Magoffin, who had returned 8-20 on day one.

Before long the visitors found themselves in disarray at 63 for six.

James Anyon worked up a lively pace and had Alviro Petersen and Arul Suppiah caught at point and mid-on in successive overs.

Anyon then trapped James Hildreth lbw playing across the line, the fifth instance  in the match of a Somerset player falling for a duck.
Alex Barrow was also lbw and Peter Trego superbly caught down the leg side by wicketkeeper Ben Brown as Chris Jordan got in on the act with a brace of wickets.

Jos Buttler attacked briefly after lunch, hitting Monty Panesar's first over for 16 with the aid of a straight six before he was athletically caught by the diving Matt Machan at backward square-leg off a reverse sweep for 29, Somerset's highest score of the game.

The game subsequently ended as it had begun with Magoffin proving virtually unplayable.

Jack Leach was taken low down at slip by Jordan off the Queenslander, who then benefited from another fine catch from Brown as Jamie Overton departed for a duck.

Magoffin’s match figures were the best by a Sussex bowler since Mushtaq Ahmed took 13-225 against Worcestershire in 2007 when Sussex won to clinch the championship title.

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