County Championship: Worcestershire and Sussex settle for draw

Aaron Thomason
Birmingham-born Aaron Thomason, 21, joined Sussex on Monday following his release by Warwickshire
County Championship Division Two, Chester Road, Kidderminster (day four):
Sussex 255 & 424: Evans 113, Thomason 90, Brown 64; Barnard 3-68
Worcestershire 383 & 82-2: Mitchell 34*
Worcestershire (12 pts) drew with Sussex (10 pts)

Worcestershire and Sussex settled for a draw in their County Championship Division Two match at Kidderminster.

The visitors resumed on 236-5 and centurion Laurie Evans (113) added only seven to his overnight score before falling to Ross Whiteley (2-73).

Ed Barnard finished with 3-68 but debutant Aaron Thomason smashed four sixes in his 115-ball 90 as Sussex were dismissed for 424, a lead of 296.

Worcestershire reached 82-2 when the two captains shook hands on a draw.

Former Warwickshire all rounder Thomason, 21, was making his first-class debut, having only previously played one-day cricket in his five years with the Bears.

Sussex, who stay third, are back in action on Monday when they play host to Division Two bottom club Durham, while sixth-placed Worcestershire now have a nine-day break from Championship cricket before travelling to Sophia Gardens to face high-riding Glamorgan on Sunday, 30 June.

But Worcestershire are back in Kidderminster to face Australia A next Tuesday - and they are now expected to remain at Chester Road for the Derbyshire home game on 7 July as flood-hit New Road will not quite be ready on time.

Worcestershire first-team coach Alex Gidman told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"There are things we could have done better. But there is a little bit of a disappointment because there was a small chance to go on and win.

"Was it tempting to go for the run chase? Not as it stood. Had it been 20 to 30 runs less, with four, five or six more overs we would have certainly had a crack at it but we obviously didn't do enough to earn that right.

"Credit to Sussex, Laurie Evans and Aaron Thomason both played really well but it was generally two good teams who played a good game which was hard fought. Neither team gave an inch throughout."

Sussex head coach Jason Gillespie told BBC Radio Sussex:

"It was important that we stuck to our task and didn't look too far ahead because you can lose your focus on the job in hand. But the surface won out in the end. There wasn't enough in it for the bowlers.

"With Aaron Thomason, the way he went about things was excellent. He and Abi Sakande batted together for the best part of 20 overs and Abi faced less than 30 balls.

"For a young man playing his first game, his management of that situation was fantastic. It was a very mature knock. He knew when to attack and when to rotate the strike.

"But we are leaving a lot of work to do for our numbers six, seven and eight who are doing the bulk of the work."

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