Smith departs for well-compiled 89 in only home appearance for Sussex

Steve Smith delighted a fairly good crowd at the County Ground in Hove by scoring 89 as Sussex reached 274/5 in response to Glamorgan’s paltry 123. Approaching three figures, the Australian lynchpin was rapped on the pads by James Harris.

Ollie Robinson dismissed Marnus Labuschagne cheaply earlier in the contest. The England seamer managed to rap Labuschagne on the pads and the umpire raised his finger, even though Labuschagne’s mannerisms suggested that he felt the ball may have missed the leg-stump by a whisker.

Both players headed into the encounter in decent form. Labuschagne had been averaging over 70 with the willow hitherto this summer, while Robinson has been averaging 13 with the red cherry. Robinson was delighted with the dismissal of one of Australia’s most dependable batters and expressed his joy with an emphatic celebration. He had only got the better of Labuschagne once in the previous Ashes, pinning him lbw at Adelaide – but only after the Australian No.3 had reached three figures.

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