The Argus – It was yesterday evening when Sussex academy graduate Tom Haines received the unexpected call to play against Durham in the Specsavers County Championship Division Two match.

Summary

  • It was yesterday evening when Sussex academy graduate Tom Haines received the unexpected call to play against Durham in the Specsavers County Championship Division Two match.
  • But the 19-year-old left-hander – called in to replace England Lions call-up Chris Jordan – responded by scoring a memorable maiden first-class century at Arundel Castle Cricket Ground, featuring in a record second wicket stand of 244 in 54 overs with Phil Salt as Sussex piled up 439-5.
  • Salt also scored his maiden century at this level as the pair celebrated beating the previous record second wicket stand against Durham of 196 between Bill Athey and Alan Wells at Hove in 1996.
  • Haines and Salt, who went into this game with a championship average of 17.33, could have been forgiven for playing cautiously.
  • Haines was second out at 253, caught low down at slip by Paul Collingwood for 124 from 167 balls, with 19 fours.


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