Defiance of Sajid fails to slow Sussex advance

Sussex 470 Lancashire 214 & 148-4

Sussex are second from bottom in the Spirit of Cricket League, in which counties are marked by umpires for sportsmanship and good behaviour, but if they can smile through yesterday's amazing happenings in their County Championship First Division match against Lancashire they will soon zoom up the table.

Sussex are second from bottom in the Spirit of Cricket League, in which counties are marked by umpires for sportsmanship and good behaviour, but if they can smile through yesterday's amazing happenings in their County Championship First Division match against Lancashire they will soon zoom up the table.

Sajid Mahmood, Lancashire's 22-year-old England A fast bowler, with a previous highest score of 34 and batting at No 10, hammered the champions' bowling for 94 off 66 balls, including sixes off Mushtaq Ahmed, Robin Martin-Jenkins and James Kirtley.

When last man Gary Keedy joined him in mid-afternoon Lancashire were 101 for 9, still 369 behind and preparing to follow on. The pair added 113 in 17 overs, to which Keedy's contribution was 14. When Sajid was finally out, off the second ball after tea, going for a fourth six, the deficit had been reduced to 256, still formidable but not insurmountable.

Earlier, Mohammed Akram had shown Sajid and the other Lancashire seamers how to bowl on their home patch when he removed the top of their order by taking 3 for 18 in a seven-over spell. When Jason Lewry switched ends, bowling left-arm over with a stiff breeze behind him, the innings collapsed and Lancashire were sent in again with 42 overs remaining in the day.

Akram bounced Mark Chilton, and words were exchanged before a near yorker sent the opener, glowering, back to the pavilion. The irony is that England have returned James Anderson too late, probably, for him to get a bowl. Mushtaq's bowling of Stuart Law near the close may prove the death blow.

* Craig Spearman's career-best 208 not out and Philip Weston's 84 put Gloucestershire in command of their First Division match at Gloucester. Their opening stand was 227 in only 53 overs at the King's School ground as Gloucestershire finished the second day on 353 for 2 in reply to Middlesex's 383.

Voices
Barn owls are among species that could be affected
charity appeal
Sport
After another poor series in Sri Lanka, Alastair Cook claimed all players go through a lean period
cricketEoin Morgan reportedly to take over ODI captaincy as ECB finally wield the axe
Life and Style
food + drink
Arts and Entertainment
a clockwork orange, stanley kubrick
film
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas