Debut hero Magoffin wants to extend Sussex stay

Fast bowler Steve Magoffin hopes to extend his Sussex stay after a sensational debut for the county.

The Queenslander took 9 for 55, the second best figures of his career and including seven wickets in the second innings, as Sussex thrashed champions Lancashire by ten wickets at Liverpool.

Magoffin is due to return to Australia in June but he revealed: “I’d like to stay beyond the t20 but we will have to see. Queensland will probably want me back then for pre-season but I love playing in England so who knows.”

While Magoffin was red-hot with the ball in the County Championship first division contest, he admitted conditions at Aigburth were testing for someone who only arrived from the tropical heat and 40 degrees of Brisbane a week ago.

“I have never played in such cold conditions so it wasn’t easy,” he admitted. “When I was bowling it was fine but when you’re fielding on the fence between spells things can seize up pretty quickly so it was a case of trying to keep warm and keep moving.

“The wicket was pretty helpful – there was always something in it for the seamers – and I was just pleased to be able to contribute so well in my first game.”

While Magoffin took the plaudits, Sussex coach Mark Robinson was quick to praise the contributions of James Anyon, who took five wickets in an innings in consecutive games, and skipper Mike Yardy, who made a crucial century.

Robinson said: “There were some good signs in our first game against Surrey but the difference here was that when we got into winning positions we exploited them. We let Surrey off the hook whereas here we didn’t give Lancashire anywhere to go.”

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