Panesar et al shine at Horsham
Sussex secured their second LV= County Championship Division One win of the season courtesy of an inspired performance by their bowlers on the final day against Surrey at Horsham.
Monty Panesar led the way with three wickets as Surrey were dismissed for 248 with six overs remaining, after which the hosts knocked off their victory target of 22 from just 11 balls to complete a 10-wicket triumph.
It was no more than Sussex deserved after dominating much of the match, although there was widespread relief when James Anyon took the final wicket just when it looked as if skipper Rory Hamilton-Brown and the Surrey tail might save the game.
Hamilton-Brown defied the pain of a sore hamstring to bat for over three hours before Anyon plucked out his off stump for 47 - the highest score by a Surrey batsman in either innings.
He had added 32 with Jon Lewis for the ninth wicket – which used up 14 overs – and last man Jade Dernbach batted alongside him for another eight before Anyon made the decisive breakthrough.
Two wickets fell before lunch as nightwatchman Stuart Meaker played on to Steve Magoffin and Panesar claimed the key wicket of Mark Ramprakash, trapped lbw sweeping, for 37.
Zander de Bruyn was twice dropped, on nought and 16, before he too fell to Panesar sweeping across the line in the ninth over after lunch.
The left-arm spinner struck again to end a useful innings by Steven Davies, who edged to slip for 35.
Shortly before tea, off-spinner Chris Nash ended a skittish contribution from Tom Maynard with his sixth ball that skidded through to trap the batsman in front.
Surrey lost their seventh just before tea in farcical circumstances when Gareth Batty took on Magoffin at mid-on looking for a single and was left stranded by an accurate return when Hamilton-Brown rightly sent his partner back.
When Anyon sent Murali Kartik's off stump cartwheeling shortly after tea, it looked as if Sussex would win comfortably before Hamilton-Brown and the tail dug in.
Sussex skipper Mike Yardy rung the changes in search of further wickets as Panesar, who bowled 21 maidens in his 33 overs, Anyon and Magoffin maintained control before Surrey's resistance ended.
Openers Ed Joyce and Chris Nash took little time in knocking off their target; the former hit three boundaries and pulled Lewis out of the ground for six to clinch victory.