County Championship: Ben Brown steers Sussex to victory over Middlesex
|Specsavers County Championship Division Two, 1st Central County Ground (day four):|
|Middlesex 230 & 322: Malan 119, Gubbins 107; Briggs 4-70, Wiese 4-70|
|Sussex 323 & 232-7: Brown 65*, Van Zyl 45, Briggs 39; Harris 3-74|
|Sussex (22 pts) beat Middlesex (4 pts) by three wickets|
Sussex kept their heads to record their first County Championship win of the season by beating Middlesex at Hove.
Coming in at seven following a collapse of four wickets for 15 runs, skipper Ben Brown hit an unbeaten 65 to see his side to a three-wicket victory.
Resuming on 35-2, needing 195 more to win, Stiaan van Zyl (45) looked set with nightwatchman Danny Briggs (39).
But, after slumping to 128-6, Brown was aided by Michael Burgess (22) in seeing Sussex to victory on 232-7.
With 15 still needed, England's Dawid Malan offered Middlesex late hope by trapping Burgess with his leg spin.
But Sussex's first-innings seven-wicket hero Ollie Robinson came in to hit the winning runs - and earn a first victory for head coach Jason Gillespie.
Middlesex return home to Lord's to host Gloucestershire in their next four-day game, starting on Friday, while Sussex travel to Canterbury to meet Kent.
That will be the final round of Championship fixtures before the month-long break for the One-Day Cup.
Sussex captain Ben Brown told BBC Sussex:
"It's one of the best games of cricket I've played in for a long, long time - four days of great weather, fantastic crowds, and a great cricket pitch against a good team.
"It's a huge win and I feel like the team really deserved to get over the line.
"We've got a young team so it gives everyone great belief and a great confidence boost."