Sussex 211 & 262 Hampshire 168 & 211: Mushtaq turns it on

Luciano Pavarotti, the Italian operatic tenor, is scheduled to appear here later this summer, and tickets went on sale yesterday. By the time the fat man sings - 12 July - Hampshire had better make sure they have improved.

This was a decidedly downbeat performance by the home side, which cannot all be put down to the fact that the team lack their captain, Shane Warne.

The Australia leg-spinner arrives tomorrow, and he will not welcome the news that an eight-match unbeaten run in the Championship, which began with victory over Sussex here last July, has been ended by the same side. It was not pretty to watch.

As well as the Hampshire attack bowled - at least until a mid-morning onslaught by Robin Martin-Jenkins during which 113 runs were added in 22 overs - there have just not been enough runs. This has been the second of their opening two matches in which Hampshire have failed to gain a single batting bonus point.

Throughout the match, the Hampshire batsmen have been victims in turn of Pakistani pace and Pakistani prestidigitation, in the guise of Rana Naved and the leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed. Rana had put the skids under Hampshire first time around, yesterday it was Mushtaq's turn and the old master showed he has lost none of his magic.

A wicked spell of four wickets in 24 balls up to tea did for the sorry home side. Just for good measure, Mushtaq struck again shortly after the interval to account for Dominic Thornely, Hampshire's top scorer and last realistic hope. Thornely was one of five lbw victims for Mushtaq, but he needed no help to dismiss Shaun Udal, bowling the acting Hampshire captain middle stump.

There was a flurry of resistance from Chris Tremlett, who clobbered Mushtaq for a couple of sixes before falling leg before attempting a sweep-slog. Mushtaq's return of 7 for 64 was his best return for Sussex and the 83rd time he has claimed five or more in an innings in his first-class career.

Earlier in the day, Martin-Jenkins had taken his overnight score of 16 to 91 as he led a Sussex revival that helped to set the victory target of 306. He fell to one of the brighter elements of the Hampshire team, the seamer James Bruce, who bowled admirably throughout for a match return of 5 for 94. The fact that Hampshire had plenty of time to get the runs was immaterial - Sussex had Mushtaq.

Voices
The Sumatran tiger, endemic to the Indonesian island of Sumatra, is an endangered species
voicesJonathon Porritt: The wild tiger population is thought to have dropped by 97 per cent since 1900
News
news
Arts and Entertainment
Story line: Susanoo slays the Yamata no Orochi serpent in the Japanese version of a myth dating back 40,000 years
arts + entsApplying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Life and Style
Popular plonk: Lambrusco is selling strong
Food + drinkNaff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
Gardai wait for the naked man, who had gone for a skinny dip in Belfast Lough
newsTwo skinny dippers threatened with inclusion on sex offenders’ register as naturists criminalised
News
Shake down: Michelle and Barack Obama bump knuckles before an election night rally in Minnesota in 2008, the 'Washington Post' called it 'the fist bump heard round the world'
newsThe pound, a.k.a. the dap, greatly improves hygiene
Arts and Entertainment
La Roux
music
Arts and Entertainment
Graham Fellows as John Shuttleworth
comedySean O'Grady joins Graham Fellows down his local Spar
News
people
News
Ross Burden pictured in 2002
people
News
Elisabeth Murdoch: The 44-year-old said she felt a responsibility to 'stand up and be counted’'
media... says Rupert Murdoch
Arts and Entertainment
tv
Extras
indybest
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

A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried