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Taylor in runs in last Sussex match

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 20/07/2016

Ross Taylor batting for the Black Caps © AAP Image/Dave Hunt Ross Taylor batting for the Black Caps Senior Black Caps batsman Ross Taylor has hit a second-innings half century to go with his first-innings unbeaten 142 in his last match for English county side Sussex.

Taylor has found form before he joins the national side later in the week for its tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa.

On the final day of the four-day match against Kent at Royal Tunbridge Wells, Sussex were asked to follow on after their first innings of 333 fell 242 runs short of Kent's 575.

They lost just five wickets for 255 during the day to earn the draw, helped by Taylor's 68 and Harry Finch's 66.

They started slowly but Taylor, in his final four-day appearance for Sussex and fresh from a first-innings unbeaten century, counter-attacked to post 68 either side of tea.

Taylor rode his luck a little - he was dropped at long off and then Kent's stand-in keeper Callum Jackson grassed a tricky stumping chance - but otherwise the New Zealand international ensured his side would go home with a draw.

With the game almost safe, the right hander holed out to cow-corner.

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