Middlesex chase down 370 in 74 overs to defeat Sussex in the 2022 County Championship
Middlesex pulled off a shock victory against Sussex in the County Championship division two game that appeared to be heading for a draw at one point. Thanks to a superb fourth-wicket partnership between Max Holden and Martin Andersson, the Peter Handscomb-led team won by seven wickets after completing a stunning run chase of 370 in just 73.5 overs at a run rate of more than five.
The run chase began on the last day when Mark Stoneman was disqualified for one. However, the likes of Sam Robson and Handscomb stitched a 209-run partnership for the second wicket in record time. Handscomb was out after a well-made 79 from 142 deliveries with seven fours, while Robson cruised to a brilliant century at the other end. Robson was removed at the 61st over-mark after a massive hit of 149 off 181 deliveries, and it appeared that Middlesex would settle for a draw.
That was not the case, as Holden and Andersson went after the bowling and scored a bunch of boundaries. Holden finished unbeaten on 80 off 76 deliveries, while Andersson’s 39-ball 44 clinched the deal for the Middlesex side. In reality, it couldn’t have been a better-planned run chase, and it’s not often that a team gets to score a lot of runs on the last day.
Earlier in the game, Sussex was bowled out for 392 in their first innings, with Tom Alsop scoring a stunning century, and Andersson and Shaheen Afridi each taking three wickets. In response, Middlesex reached 358 thanks to four half-centuries and a five-wicket haul from Ollie Robinson.
Cheteshwar Pujara delivered a magnificent effort in the second innings, continuing his good record in the tournament. The right-hander finished undefeated on 170 off 197 deliveries with 22 fours and three sixes, while Alsop and Tom Clark also struck half-centuries as the team declared on 335 for 4. However, the decision to declare backfired and Middlesex won thanks to some outstanding batting near the end.