Sussex v Warwickshire, LV County Championship
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Play started on the final morning under heavy skies and after less than four overs the players left the field when the promised rain arrived.
With more rain coming in during the afternoon session, the match was abandoned as a draw with both sides taking 8 points
A long, slow day at Hove saw Sussex add 287 runs in the 96 overs, for the loss of just six wickets, as all batsmen found scoring difficult on a slow wicket where stroke play was almost impossible, closing on 416-7 still trailing Warwickshire by 37 runs.
Earlier in the day, after adding sixty nine runs for the second wicket, Yardy 32 edged Rankin to Tim Ambrose and the Bears’ pace man then produced his best ball of the day to bowl Luke Wells when the Sussex opener was just four runs short of his century.
Matt Prior 42 played as confidently as any batsman either side of lunch before edging Chris Wright to Ambrose and when Hamilton-Brown was lbw to Woakes for eighteen, Sussex were 280-5.
Ed Joyce was next to go, chipping Tom Milnes to Varun Chopra at short mid-wicket for forty two, but Ben Brown held firm, and with Chris Jordan 16 and then James Anyon 19* added useful runs in the lower-order taking Sussex to 416-7 at the close of the third day, with Brown unbeaten on eighty two.
Sussex trail by thirty seven runs with one day remaining in the match
If Warwickshire had planned to bat long and score big on the second day, Chris Jordan put those ideas on hold for a while, as he whipped out Tim Ambrose 0 and then Jonathan Trott 96, for the addition of just sixteen runs in his opening spell.
Chris Woakes and Laurie Evans added forty four runs before Evans missed an attempted sweep and was bowled leg stump by Panesar but Tom Milnes joined Woakes and either side of lunch, the eighth wicket pair compiled a century partnership before Anyon bowled Milnes for a solid forty two.
Woakes 72 was then bowled giving Panesar a charge, while Rankin’s edge off Anyon was snapped up by a diving Matt Prior to give the Sussex ‘keeper a record equalling sixth catch of the innings, as the Bears closed on 453 all out.
In reply the in-form Luke Wells and Chris Nash batted comfortably against Warwickshire’s attack, posting an opening wicket century partnership and with Nash 43 looking to emulate his partner Wells in reaching a half-century, Wright made a breakthrough when Chopra took a difficult chance at slip to give Warwickshire their sole success of the session when Sussex closed the day on 129-1, still trailing by 324 runs on first innings.
Warwickshire welcomed back Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott for the first time this season but were enforced to make changes after injuries to Troughton, Hannon-Dalby and Clarke from the side that drew at Taunton against Somerset.
Ian Bell skippered and won the toss, choosing to bat first on what proved to be a slow wicket as Porterfield and Chopra posted an opening partnership of 67 before Porterfield 33 edged Jimmy Anyon to Jordan at slip.
Jonathan Trott had a let-off just before lunch when dropped by Joyce at third slip when only on one, and after the interval Varun Chopra, having completed his half century passed 500 first-class runs for the season before edging an attempted cut to Prior off Nash for eighty seven.
Ian Bell joined Trott and either side of tea, the two England batsmen compiled a century partnership with both men completing half centuries.
When Sussex took the new ball after 88 overs with the original one, Chris Jordan managed to find some late evening energy and collected Bell’s wicket with a quick short ball that brushed the glove and then in his final over had night watchman Chris Wright again caught behind by Prior off another short ball down the leg-side, that Wright looked to have avoided.
Bell made fifty six and Warwickshire could have lost a fifth wicket had Ambrose been held at slip in Jordan’s final over, but with that escape they closed the opening day on 276-4 with Trott unbeaten on 87.