Martin-Jenkins: Sussex set well

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Robin Martin-Jenkins is happy with Sussex's position against Worcestershire © Getty Images

All-rounder Robin Martin-Jenkins believes defending champions Sussex are strongly placed to force victory in their must-win County Championship clash against relegated Worcestershire at Hove.

Sussex go into the third day needing to chip away at Worcestershire, with the visitors having reached 96 for two in reply to Sussex's imposing first-innings total of 532.

Martin-Jenkins admits that, providing the weather does not intervene, Sussex would back themselves to do the job in order to claim the title for the second year running.

He said: “We are very pleased with the position we're in. The wicket is taking a little bit of turn and we are still very confident of victory.

“We've got 18 wickets to get to win the championship and still plenty of time to do it. Hopefully we will sleep well and come back ready to push our claim.”

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Martin-Jenkins believes it now looks like a straight fight between Sussex and Durham for the title with leaders Lancashire in trouble against Surrey at the Brit Oval.

He added: “We have still got to concentrate on our game. But with the characters we have got in the side it's easy to keep our feet on the ground.

“It's a question of playing every ball on its merits. If we do that hopefully we'll win the game.”

Martin-Jenkins suffered the disappointment of being dismissed for 99 as Sussex, resuming on 287 for four, batted on until 50 minutes after lunch.

He shared in a ninth-wicket stand of 120 with Chris Liddle (53) and was quick to pay tribute to the tail-ender for his valuable contribution.

He said: “Chris played brilliantly. For a tail-ender he got stuck in and has a big future ahead of him.

“It's been a good end of the season for me personally and I don't really want it to end.

“That's the good thing about this team - there always seems to be somebody ready to dig in and perform when necessary.

“We are pleased we've got the runs on the board and now hopefully scoreboard pressure will tell when this match resumes.”