Ollie Robinson nine-for leads Sussex to big victory
Pace bowler Ollie Robinson claimed career-best figures of nine for 78 in the Glamorgan second innings to lead Sussex to their first LV= Insurance County Championship win of the season yesterday against Glamorgan in Cardiff.
Robinson, who also scored 67 in the Sussex first-innings total of 481, had an astonishing six leg-before dismissals as Glamorgan were dismissed for 349 in their second innings for a lead of 153.
Kiran Carlson led the Glamorgan batting in the second innings with 132 to go with his 127 not out in the first innings, while Callum Taylor, batting at No 7, scored 84 in the second innings.
Sussex reached their winning target in 40.1 overs, for the loss of two wickets, with opener Aaron Thomason scoring 78 not out, his second fifty of the match, and Tom Clark 54 not out.
However, Robinson was the Sussex hero, as he further staked his claim for an England call-up with a brilliant performance with the new ball.
"I'm very pleased,“ Robinson said afterwards. ”Just pleased for the lads as well, really. It is a great win.
“We have had a really good winter training and to get that win over four days is really satisfactory.”
He added: “Kiran Carlson batted very well, 250 in the game, and Taylor applied himself yesterday and this morning. We knew when we saw the pitch it was going to go all four days; it is drier at the moment than normally in April.
“We spoke before the game about making sure we are there every day for four days and we knew if we did that we would come out on top.”
Robinson hopes his performances will catch the attention of the England selectors with a long summer ahead. "I have always said if I can just keep performing for Sussex, hopefully the selectors can see that and I will get my chance,“ he said.
"I feel like I am ready for Test cricket. I have felt like that for probably a year now. I’ve been with England for 18 months here and there, sort of in and out.
“I feel like I am ready and I have just got to wait for my chance I suppose but I am definitely ready.
“I have been a little bit stamped as an English conditions bowler, so for me personally I have worked really hard on when it is flatter still taking wickets and using different skills to get those wickets."
Robinson picked up the last two Glamorgan wickets to return the best first-class figures by an England qualified player since Chris Woakes took nine for 36 against Durham in 2016. The last man out was Taylor for 84 from 251 balls.
Glamorgan started the day 62 runs in front with Carlson and Taylor well set and they managed to get to lunch for the loss of just one wicket.
That changed after the interval with Robinson claiming four victims in the space of four overs to set up victory in a match where he took 13 wickets and added 67 valuable runs with the bat in the first innings.
Delray Rawlins, who fell cheaply in the first innings, had a good spell with the ball yesterday. He was the sixth bowler used and bowled 20 tidy overs, giving up just 29 runs with his slow left-arm.
Sussex needed 154 for victory, a total they reached comfortably, with Thomason and Clark sharing in an unbroken third-wicket partnership of 112.