Durham 103 (Robinson 5-29) and 220 for 4 (Steel 104 *) lead Sussex 122 (Rushworth 8-51) for 201 races
Sussex ran aground against the unyielding qualities of Chris Rushworth in Chester-le-Street as a day that should have confirmed them as serious promotion challenges instead threatening to undermine his challenge at a critical moment.
After having dismissed Durham by 103, Sussex should have observed a day of blue skies and imagined that the game could be within reach at nightfall, only for Rushworth, to begin an extraordinary change.
As rude as the Durham Heritage Coast, he turned in a fearsome eight-for-51 change against fatalistic batting, the second-best figures of his career. What should have been a potentially equal advantage in return was equivalent to a minimum of 19 races.
Cameron Steel, undefeated century, unbeaten, only the fifth of a difficult hitting summer (they are not alone in that), then impressed Sussex what could have as Durham built a 201 advantage with six remaining wickets. It is a definite advantage, although impregnable.
This was a naive Sussex batting display, which struck against Rushworth's lingering probes as if he feared a ghost in the fog. His inclination to promote has accelerated despite the fact that the first six are not full of pedigree and this was a day in which more nous would have served them well. As one of the only three first-line sealers, Rushworth withstood a heavy load. "Keep coming," said Ollie Robinson of Sussex later. And no wonder.
Rushworth is not just a county cricketer; He is a heritage cricketer, a player who with each insistent delivery represents the traditions and culture of the region he represents. Such qualities have been indispensable during Durham's recent pains and when his benefit season was announced at the end of the game it did not seem, as often, an anachronism, but a well-deserved recognition to a loyal servant who, given good fortune, can Join for a good years yet.
It is known that this release of Chester-le-Street is flattened in the third and fourth innings of this season (a time that is expressed in these parts as: "When we can not get any batting bonus" points "- they have Two) Durham has beaten Derbyshire and Leicestershire from unpromising positions, so they will know that Sussex could do the same.
Durham, seven o'clock in the morning, had been duly rounded off by 103, but the first day , according to locals, it had been a bad and malevolent day with the biggest black cloud seen on the ground since the ECB relegated them for financial difficulties, Sussex, in comparison, hit in conditions in which, as AE Housman said, "Up from the eastern sea / The delicious day rises. "Only an hour of challenge against the new ball could have made a difference.
Remorse, however, seized Rushworth when he started working. vain, fifth ball, an ugly push to third slip; his starting partner, Phil Salt, trying to dominate from the start, came forward to cut in front of the squad and fell to an excellent catch by Graham Clark.
Luke Wells was crossed by Matt Salisbury to the next ball, which not only continued a season of shortages, but was the time when most of the tickets seemed designed to deny Rushworth ten until David Wiese, the last postulate to fall, gave Salisbury a second window.
Most of the Rushworth portals came to delivery deliveries, such as the one that hit Harry Finch off stump, as he offered no hits, the 400th first-class bowler for Durham. Ben Brown was a few to one that could have been a bit long. But there were also gifts, such as the push of Michael Burgess to a fielder in the depths. For once, there was no late recovery in Sussex, Will Smith caught a second catch at point to discard Chris Jordan, Jofra Archer won the first ball for one that left him and Ollie Robinson's slip hit by the wicketkeeper for Glide first where Paul Collingwood showed that his reflexes do not go as fast as some people think.
In response, Steel and Alex Lees put 72 for the first wicket before Lees felt clearly offended by being handed out at 43 in Robinson's bowling. He left with half a dozen looks towards the referee; "Never look back" is a worthy living motto, especially if you are a county hitter who wants to avoid a fine. Archer, who threw an impatient ball, then represented Smith and Clark, but Sussex's frustration returned when Steel took a life at 95 when he overcame a delivery from Jordan, but Salt, running backwards by slip, slipped by misjudging the capture . 19659003] For all of Steel's contribution, the day belonged to Rushworth. "It's been a good day: personal milestones, good news and putting ourselves in a winning position, if you look at the state of the game this morning and tell someone what was going to happen, they would not believe you, it was an incredible day of cricket."