Fixture News | 21st June 2005

AJ's ready to fill Sid's boots



Sussex 355 (Harris 5-131)
Notts 360 (Fleming 129, Bicknell 88)
Sussex 256-3

Match drawn

The 31-year-old seamer took his second consecutive five-wicket haul for us as the Division One match at Arundel ended in a draw but admitted he will have to continue his form to overtake Sidebottom as our leading wicket-taker.

He said: "Ryan?s been in terrific form all summer and as a bowler I don?t think he will mind missing the Twenty20 Cup through injury too much as your figures tend to take a battering.

"I?ve got some serious catching up to do on him but now I?m free from injury I can hopefully continue where he?s left off.

"It was hard work at Arundel on a pretty docile wicket and even if the weather hadn?t washed out most of the first two days I think we would have struggled to get any result other than a draw.

"You really had to work for your wickets and we would definitely have taken bowling them out in their first innings for 350 before we started."

Harris then showed his skills with the bat after coming in as night-watchman, hitting 35 in our first innings.

He added: "It was great fun batting with Stephen Fleming because he was always encouraging me to be positive. If the ball was there to be hit, he wanted me to hit it and it paid off.

"We?ve got a break from the Championship now but we?re still in a strong position. The game in hand is going to be important but if we can win it we will be right in the mix for the title."

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