Ari Karvelas helps Sussex draw in Middlesex


Ian Salisbury said he was proud of Sussex’s efforts as they fought off a draw at Lord’s – aided by two trialists on their debut.

Ari Karvelas dashed Middlesex’s hopes of a win with a defiant best half-century of his career this afternoon.

Karvelas, a Johannesburg-born Greece international, struggled for more than two hours to hold off Middlesex’s attack after Tom Helm’s morning outburst – which gave him match numbers 9-146 – boosted the chances of a final-session chase.

Brad Currie – playing tentatively like Karvelas – gained six wickets on day three as Sussex forced a 38 lead in the first inning.

Sussex manager Salisbury said: “We played probably two-thirds of the game really well and they had an amazing unity last night and this morning.

“In order for us to win again you have to stop losing first so I’m really proud of the lads.

“To see two 17-year-olds (Dan Ibrahim and Archie Lenham) go head-to-head after lunch and then have a debutant like Ari score the runs was awesome.

“If this was a Test match and we managed to sneak up 230 or 240 it would have been a great cricket match.

“Making your debut for Sussex at Lord’s is very special with Brad getting his six and Ari 50 – they were outstanding. I supported them to perform and they did.

“They’ve played for our second team all season, we’ve been keeping an eye on them and they both deserve the opportunity for their recruitment and bowling.” Ari Karvelas helps Sussex draw in Middlesex

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