LV= County Championship: Sussex crush Somerset to go top
Sussex completed an emphatic nine-wicket win against Somerset to go top of LV= County Championship Division One.
Last Updated: 10/07/13 7:10pm
Steve Magoffin was the star for the visitors in the win, recording match figures of 8-101 to take his tally of victims in the two County Championship games against Somerset this season to 20.
It took the visitors just 22 minutes to polish off the last three wickets as Somerset were bowled out for 209 in their second innings, Magoffin taking two of them for figures of 4-36.
A victory target of 91 was never likely to test Sussex, who eased to victory in 19.4 overs before lunch, Chris Nash leading the way with an unbeaten 61.
Somerset, facing a relegation battle following runners-up spot last summer, took only four points from the match, while Sussex boosted their title challenge with 23.
Any hopes the hosts had of turning the game around from an overnight position of 197-7, 78 runs ahead, were dented with the fifth ball of the day as Alfonso Thomas chipped a catch to short mid-on off Magoffin.
Everything then rested on Peter Trego but, having moved to 16, the powerful all-rounder edged a cut shot off Chris Jordan and gave wicketkeeper Ben Brown his ninth catch of the match.
Last pair Steve Kirby and Jamie Overton were able to add only three before the latter was bowled by Magoffin and spectators in the sparse crowd resigned themselves to a short day.
Sussex openers Nash and Luke Wells duly obliged, taking the visitors' total to 40 inside nine overs before Wells was caught at third slip off Kirby.
First-innings centurion Michael Yardy and Nash then saw Sussex to their target, Nash reaching his half-century off 58 balls, with eight fours and a six.