LV=County Championship - Division 1: Skipper Joyce praises ‘fantastic’ bowlers after Sussex win

Ed Joyce SCCC 2015-16 Sussex County Cricket Club. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150413-093748001
Ed Joyce SCCC 2015-16 Sussex County Cricket Club. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150413-093748001

Sussex skipper Ed Joyce saluted a “fantastic” performance by his bowlers after they dismissed Worcestershire for 185 to complete their second win of the season in the LV County Championship.

Ajmal Shahzad led the way with 5 for 46 as Sussex won by 62 runs to follow up last week’s win over the other promoted team Hampshire.

Joyce said: “It was a fantastic performance. At the start of the day they were slight favourites but we got Daryl Mitchell, whose is a massive wicket, early and then we stuck at it on a pitch which didn’t do much.”

Shahzad has now claimed 12 wickets in two games since Sussex became his fourth county when he joined them during the winter.

Joyce added: “He bowled fantastically. He got it to swing conventionally and then reverse and was aggressive on a pitch that didn’t do much, although it was a bit up and down in bounce.

“It’s good to get two wins on the board even though there are still areas we can be better in. We were a bit careless with our first innings batting, we should have got more runs and made the last day a bit easier and I’m frustrated with the number of catches we dropped.

“Worcestershire fought really hard and you have to give them credit. It was an excellent game on a really good cricket wicket.”

Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes admitted his side had come up short in their run chase. “It was a fantastic effort by the team but sadly we failed to carry it through today.

“An hour’s cricket probably cost us the game. We lost a cluster of wickets but we can’t afford to keep doing that and have to address it. We’re an inexperienced side and have to learn from these situations and improve.”