Worcestershire v Sussex: County Championship Division One – Worcestershire’s Second Innings
Worcestershire gained a first innings lead of 25 runs against Sussex in a match of the County Championship Division One at the Cricket Field Road Ground, Horsham in England on Thursday, August 11, 2011.
The visitors had scored 290 runs in their first innings and restricted the opposition to 265 runs in their outing.
It was important for the Worcestershire batsmen to make a solid impression in their second innings in order to win the match. The pitch had eased a lot compared to the first couple of days and was expected to improve for batting with the passage of time.
Moeen Ali was once again superb with the bat, collecting 61 runs for Worcestershire in the innings. His effort guided the team to 311 runs, which gave them an overall lead of 336 runs in the match.
The start for Worcestershire was not good, as the team lost skipper Daryl Mitchell early. He managed just 12 runs in his short outing.
However, the innings was held together by Matthew Pardoe and former England batsman Vikram Solanki. The pair collected 58 runs for the second wicket partnership, guiding their side into a solid position.
Solanki was unable to make most of the start he got to his innings and was dismissed after adding 31 runs to the total with the help of a couple of boundaries.
Pardoe was the next man to be dismissed in the innings after scoring 42 runs. He played solid cricket and would have liked to carry onto make a big one for his side, but failed to do so.
Just seven runs later, the Netherlands’ Alexei Kervezee was also sent back to the pavilion. He played well in the first innings, but managed just a couple of runs this time around.
Youngster Aneesh Kapil failed to capitalise on the start he got to his innings and was dismissed after adding 19 runs to the total with the help of three boundaries. He was followed by Gareth Andrew, who got out after scoring just 10 runs.
Ali did not bother about the continuous fall of wickets and kept on playing impressively. He ended up being the top scorer of the innings for his side, collecting 68 runs with the help of six fours and a couple of massive sixes.
Wicketkeeper batsman Ben Scott and lower-order player Jack Shantry played cameos of 36 and 41, guiding their team’s total above 300 in the end. Their efforts stretched the overall lead of 336.
England’s Monty Panesar did a fabulous job for Sussex, dismissing four batsmen in the match.