Recent Match Report – Sussex vs Yorkshire Group 3 2021


Yorkshire kept at bay by unbroken 92-run stand between skipper and teenage debutant

Sussex 267 for 5 (Brown 126*, Thompson 3-42) vs Yorkshire

Ben Brown of Sussex. The phrase has a solidity about it and an unfussy assurance of effort to which supporters of county cricket always respond warmly. Perhaps in time those kind souls who hold Sussex close to their hearts will remember the surname as fondly as now they recall Cox or Griffiths, Barclay or Parks. There would be nothing out of place in such an observance. On the contrary, Ben Brown already deserves it. We knew this before the Sussex skipper made an unbeaten 126 against Yorkshire but it was still enriching to be reminded of it.
There are, though, many other reasons for supporters at Hove to feel encouraged this early June evening. Their side’s chances of qualifying for Division One of the County Championship may be strictly arithmetical but their achievement in ending this day on 267 for 5 was still substantial and our evening session was honoured by an innings of unnerving composure from 16-year-old Danial Ibrahim, who had been presented with his Sussex cap by Matt Prior only a few hours earlier. Ibrahim is the second-youngest debutant in his county’s history yet few players can have taken to first-class game with greater ease. At close of play, the young man stood back politely and allowed his skipper to take the applause of his team-mates and a generous Yorkshire crowd, yet it was still possible to wonder if we will recall Ibrahim’s unbeaten 37 just as vividly. Such gentle privileges are rare, indeed.

“I thought he was fantastic and I’m so thrilled for him,” said Brown of a cricketer nearly half his own age. “I said to him walking off, ‘I got nought on debut, I was in and out and didn’t make an impact’. To go in against the second new ball and that bowling attack and get the score he did, I’m delighted. I feel old enough because I’ve played a lot of club cricket against his dad, Kash, who was here today. These are the days we’ve missed so much through Covid: a debutant gets runs against a good attack in front of a big crowd and his own parents.”

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