Ben Raine five-for brings end to Sussex’s rain-assisted resistance


Durham 459 for Dec 7 (Jones 96, Maddinson 90, Borthwick 82, Benjamin 82*) Sussex 162 (Orr 36, Coughlin 3-33, Potts 3-53) and 157 (Raine 5-54) with an innings and 140 runs

Durham took the win after lunch on day four at Chester-le-Street after a brave Sussex resistance finally came to an end.

Tom Haines fell from Oliver Gibson for the only wicket in the morning session after the visitors took a more positive approach to play the hosts’ attack in good batting conditions, Haines and James Coles added a 50 partnership in short order.

However, Sussex slumped after lunch when Coles fell to Ben Raine lbw in the first over after the break, then Matthew Potts cleared Charlie Tear with a short ball the next over, Liam Trevaskis took a smart catch at short midwicket .

Raine threw Jack Carson to complete his five-wicket haul and Potts let Faheem Ashraf catch a short ball to give Durham the win, with Henry Crocombe unable to hit after having his shoulder in the field on the first day damaged.

“Four tough days and the result shows it,” said Sussex captain Tom Haines. “We had a very honest conversation after day two and it just wasn’t good enough; those are the facts. Overall the performance wasn’t good enough and Durham deserved to win.”

“The boys put in another solid performance this week,” added Durham interim head coach Neil Killeen. “Yesterday’s weather was frustrating, but we’ve played cricket consistently this week and have been relentless with bat and ball. The bowlers all worked for each other, Ben Raine was excellent.”

The win moves Durham to fourth in Division Two, while Sussex remains in seventh.