Sussex looked to be dead and buried when Steve Magoffin went in to bat in the LV= County Championship match against Durham at Arundel. Australian Magoffin had already played a part in dismissing Durham for 93 in their second innings when he took 6 for 22.
When he went to the crease, Sussex were at 50 for seven and looked finished. Magoffin had other ideas, however, and scored 23 not out to help Sussex to a two-wicket win. Kirk Wemars partnered him at first and then James Anyon added the remaining runs. Durham had been almost totally reliant on Chris Rushworth and Callum Thorp, their two swing and seam bowlers. They took four wickets apiece in the first innings.
They also took seven between them in the second innings. Sussex captain, Mike Yardy was run out but when Rushworth and Thorp began to look tired, things started to look more favourable for the home side. Paul Collingwood decided to bring on Ben Stokes to replace Rushworth with Sussex only needing 11 runs. But the gamble failed when eight runs came off his first over.
Anyon took the last 3 runs off Thorp who had bowled tremendously with 4 for 38 in 17 overs. This is the third win of the season for Sussex and it keeps them in the top half of the table. Durham, however, are still looking for their first win and are firmly entrenched at the bottom.
There were 15 lbw’s in the game which had seen both teams level on 231 in the first innings. Collingwood was one of the lbw victims falling to Kirk Wernars. Magoffin had Thorp for lbw and also took out Mitch Claydon’s middle stump. Rushworth took Luke Wells for lbw with the sixth ball of the home side’s innings.