Cricket: Sussex struck down by Law

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Stuart Law struck a Sunday League best 123 as Essex overwhelmed Sussex by eight wickets with 9.4 overs in hand at Hove, their sixth win in seven games.

Set 217 to win, Law shared a brilliant opening stand of 199 with his captain Paul Prichard, who made 68. The Australian smashed 14 fours and three sixes from only 94 balls, while Prichard was out with his side needing only two more for victory.

Sussex failed to make the most of an opening stand of 96 between Rajesh Rao (60) and Bill Athey (39), despite Keith Greenfield's third Sunday half-century of the season. Ashley Cowan took 3 for 16 in his second spell of four overs.

Mike Atherton made an unbeaten 90 in Lancashire's 17-run defeat of Kent at Old Trafford. The home side made 172 for 3 from 35 overs, a target Kent never threatened as they slipped to 155 all out.

Robert Croft and Matthew Maynard led Glamorgan to a six-wicket victory over Middlesex at Cardiff yesterday to help erase some of the pain of Saturday's Championship calamity when they were bowled out for 31.

Chasing 186 after restricting Middlesex to 185 for 6, they reached their target with 4.3 overs to spare. Croft, whose eight overs cost just 25 runs, was elevated to the role of pinch-hitter again and struck three sixes, all off his England spin rival Phil Tufnell, and two fours in his 44.

His dismissal, leg-before to Keith Dutch, opened the door to Maynard, who was unbeaten on 71 from 77 deliveries when Mark Ramprakash, who top- scored with 47 in the Middlesex innings, sent down a wide to gift Glamorgan the winning run.

Derbyshire's woes continued at Edgbaston, where they were beaten by 108 runs. Despite being reduced to 21 overs, Warwickshire made 201 for 6, Neil Smith hitting a rapid 60 and Dougie Brown a 19-ball half-century.

Warwickshire took full advantage of a short boundary and some dispirited Derbyshire bowling. They were given a flying start by Smith and Nick Knight (43) who put on 93 in 11 overs.

When Derbyshire batted, Smith opened the bowling and quickly accounted for Chris Adams, Kim Barnett and DeFreitas, and the innings went into decline with slow left-armer Ashley Giles taking with 3 for 18.

Worcestershire were beaten in a thriller by Gloucestershire at Bristol, falling just one run short of levelling the scores. Stuart Lampitt, who took 4 for 49 in the home side's 177 all out in 38.3 overs, needed a four off the last ball but could manage only two.

Graham Thorpe stroked an unbeaten 100 to guide Surrey to a five-wicket triumph against Yorkshire at The Oval. The visitors made 198 for 9, with Darren Lehmann 56 and Martin Bicknell 3 for 27. But Surrey met their target with nine balls to spare, Thorpe putting together a run-a-ball innings with 10 fours.