Sussex 277 Notts 46-2: Prior's ton reinforces case for England return
Wednesday 21 May 2008
Some say Matt Prior will win back his England place only if he gives up the idea of keeping wicket and concentrates on the batting talent for which he was originally picked, for the 50-over side, in 2004.
Given that the queue for top-six batting places in the Test team does not look a particularly long one, it might not be a bad idea, although Peter Moores, the England head coach, has reportedly dissuaded him from any such thoughts.
The runs, nonetheless, are stacking up. Yesterday's 131, which is his highest Championship score for almost five years, took his first-class aggregate for the season to 518 runs. In six Championship innings so far he has only once failed to reach 50 and twice gone past 100.
Yesterday's effort was one of special merit given that Sussex were 33 for 4 when the dismissal of his captain, Chris Adams, for a duck, hastened him to the middle. With Darren Pattinson's prolific early-season form continuing – Adams was the Nottinghamshire pace bowler's third victim of the morning in his sixth over – the home side were threatening to humble the champions as they had Lancashire.
Sussex initially continued to wobble, slipping to 74 for 6 after Murray Goodwin and Luke Wright smacked balls straight to fielders, and Prior had an escape on 20 when a sharper Mark Ealham would have run him out.
As the ball lost some of its venom in the afternoon, however, Prior commanded the field, pulling, cutting and driving with growing confidence, despite the cracked finger he sustained last week. Aided by Robin Martin-Jenkins in a 142-run partnership for the seventh wicket, he completed his century off 115 balls and had scored 19 boundaries by the time Graeme Swann bowled him. Jason Lewry did his bit as well with a dogged 27.
With Mushtaq Ahmed back in their side after knee surgery, Sussex's 277 might be a competitive score. After losing both openers for 25, Nottinghamshire need Mark Wagh and Adam Voges to dispel the notion that their top-order batting is a weakness, although Wagh has already been dropped twice.
Liam Neeson's Downton dreams
Thriller is set in the secret world of British espionage
Bomber jacket worn by Mary Berry sells out within an hour
Think before you ink: Manchester United fan gets Sir Alex Ferguson tattoo - and will regret it for the rest of his life
Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal player ratings: How did Ozil and Welbeck do in Germany?
Colombian women's cycling team kit that makes wearer appear naked is branded 'unacceptable' by UCI president
Bayern Munich vs Manchester City player ratings: Joe Hart? Thomas Muller? Jerome Boateng? Who was the star man?
Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal: Mesut Ozil given the worst rating possible by German newspaper Bild after poor performance
- 1 Thailand beach murders: Thai PM suggests 'attractive' female tourists cannot expect to be safe wearing bikinis
- 2 Scottish independence: What you shouldn't tweet about if you want to avoid jail today
- 3 Scottish independence: Five reasons Salmond is secretly hoping for a 'No' vote
- 4 Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
- 5 Isis plan to 'behead random member of the public' in Sydney thwarted by Australian police
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter