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Sus­sex’s proud record of be­ing the last non-Test ground county to win the Cham­pi­onship, which stood for a decade, will end with Es­sex’s ti­tle tri­umph this week.

And it looks as if Sus­sex will be con­demned to a third sea­son in Di­vi­sion Two af­ter they were sec­ond best to Der­byshire for the first three days at Hove.

Five wins out of six had raised pro­mo­tion hopes, but Sus­sex were badly beaten by Northants last week and for­mer skip­per Luke Wright ad­mits they have lacked con­sis­tency dur­ing the run-in.

Wright, who made a wel­come re­turn to form with top score of 70 in the first in­nings against Der­byshire, said: “We’ve had two dis­ap­point­ing days against Der­byshire and last week we never got into the game un­til late on the third day when it was too late.

“We’ve played sloppy cricket in the last two games.We have got to be bet­ter, and I in­clude my­self in that.

“I’ve had a dis­ap­point­ing month. Ev­ery­one can have a run of bad form so it was nice for me to spend some time in the mid­dle in our first in­nings and get a bit of con­fi­dence again.”

While Sus­sex try to keep their sea­son alive Der­byshire cap­tain Billy Godle­man’s sum­mer is over. He broke his right hand on the first day af­ter be­ing struck by an ac­ci­den­tal beamer bowled by Stu­art Whit­ting­ham. Godle­man is likely to have surgery next week.

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