Sussex benefit most from draw

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Murray Goodwin hit an unbeaten 58, easing Sussex's nerves after the loss of two early wickets and helping secure a draw

LV= County Championship Division Two leaders Sussex remain on course for an immediate return to the top flight after comfortably securing a draw against Glamorgan at Hove.

Second-placed Glamorgan were bowled out for 210 on the final afternoon following an inspired post-lunch spell by Luke Wright when he took 4-24 in seven overs.

It left Sussex needing 261 to win from 45 overs but, after losing Chris Nash and Ben Brown to catches behind the wicket off Huw Waters early on, they settled for batting practice.

Murray Goodwin finished with an unbeaten 58, made off 57 balls with eight fours and a six, and Ed Joyce was 24 not out as Sussex closed on 93 for two from 27 overs when the players shook hands at 5pm.

It meant Sussex are 19 points clear of Glamorgan at the top of Division Two with two games to go and a hefty 41 in front of third-placed Worcestershire.

Yasir Arafat claimed two quick wickets at the start of the final day to revive Sussex's hopes of victory, having Gareth Rees caught behind and Will Bragg, playing across the line, leg before in successive overs.

But a stand of 69 in 13 overs between Ben Wright and Tom Maynard settled Glamorgan nerves and when Maynard, who played some outstanding shots off the back foot, began to pepper the boundary the visitors must have had hopes of setting a target.

Ben Wright flashed a slower ball from Corey Collymore to backward point, though, before Jim Allenby gloved a catch to the wicketkeeper when James Anyon dropped short.

At that stage Glamorgan’s lead was 177 but skipper Mark Wallace and Maynard added 47 in nine overs prior to lunch before Luke Wright, who bowled poorly in the first innings, found some rhythm and control.

He went round the wicket to have Wallace caught behind before Maynard was lbw for a composed 76 from 104 balls, which included 10 fours and a six, off Monty Panesar.

Dean Cosker had his off stump uprooted two balls later and, in his next over, Luke Wright yorked David Harrison, his third wicket in 10 deliveries.

Anyon finished off the innings when Waters was caught behind but, crucially, the last-wicket pair frustrated Sussex for seven overs.

Their run-chase began badly when Nash fell for a duck attempting to drive, and when Brown perished in the sixth over as he pushed forward it was Glamorgan who entertained hopes of victory.

But Goodwin and Joyce looked comfortable enough as they played out time to ensure Sussex stay on course to win the title.

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