Warwickshire v Sussex, LV= County Championship
Sussex batted throughout the final day closing on 394-9 declared when the match closed as a draw before the final hour's play.
There was every possibility that this match could produce an exciting finish when play began on the fourth morning, but as Sussex ploughed on throughout the day, scoring 246 runs while losing six wickets, any possibility of trying to win the match or entertaining a patient crowd, dissolved as the lead increased while the overs remaining diminished.
Joyce and Hamilton-Brown made half centuries as Warwickshire gave 9 different bowlers an opportunity to twirl their arms while the match drifted into oblivion during the final session of the day.
Warwickshire took 9 points and Sussex 8 points
Warwickshire wiped out the first innings deficit before lunch on the third day, after losing Keith Barker to Steve Magoffin for eight.
Tom Milnes and Jeetan Patel added fifty eight for the eighth wicket before Milnes 48 was caught at slip off Beer, but Patel completed his fourth half century of the season and with assistance from Chambers and Gordon took Warwickshire to a total of 394 from 124 overs with Patel unbeaten on seventy eight.
Wells 46 and Nash 27 made a good start to Sussex second innings before Patel struck twice in the final session removing both openers and when a direct hit from Maurice Chambers ran out Michael Yardy 46 just before stumps Sussex closed the day on 148-3 with a lead of sixty five.
Sussex added thirty three more runs on the second morning with Jordan losing his off stump to Keith Barker and then off the next over, Beer was lbw to Maurice Chambers who then completed a five wicket haul on debut, only the seventeenth player ever to do that for Warwickshire in the first innings.
All out for 311, Sussex made a dramatic start when Warwickshire came to bat.
Varun Chopra was caught at slip by Jordan off Magoffin without scoring and off the Australian’s next delivery Javid was taken at second slip by Joyce.
0-2 became 38-3 after lunch when Ian Westwood 16 edged Jimmy Anyon to Ben Brown behind the stumps and in the following over from Magoffin, William Porterfield 0, repeated the dismissal to leave Warwickshire 47-4.
Laurie Evans, having made centuries in each of the previous two LV=CC matches at Edgbaston was partnered by Tim Ambrose and together they added one hundred and thirty seven runs for the fifth wicket off forty one overs.
Ambrose was finally out to a ball that stopped on him from Jordan and Hamilton-Brown at backward point was able to dive to take the catch, but Evans ploughed on, and now with Tom Milnes, completed a third century of the season before finally being dismissed just before the close by Chris Nash for a magnificent one hundred and thirty seven.
Milnes was unbeaten at stumps on twenty four with Warwickshire 252-6 trailing by fifty nine runs.
Warwickshire included their new on loan signing from Essex, Maurice Chambers, in their ranks for the home match against Sussex after Rikki Clarke and Chris Woakes missed the match through injury.
Sussex won the toss and on what looked to be a good wicket, chose to bat first with Chris Nash and Luke Wells quickly posting a half century partnership and despite one let off, when Nash was dropped at slip by Patel, they made untroubled progress to reach lunch on 112-0
Chris Nash 59, was first to go, after Sussex had added just nine runs to their lunchtime total, lbw to Chambers to give the new man his first wicket for his new county with a quick full delivery.
Keith Barker then took two wickets in consecutive overs, trapping Yardy 21, lbw and then taking the wicket of Luke Wells 65, when he mistimed an attempted drive and Gordon took a simple catch at mid-on.
Hamilton-Brown went quickly without scoring to Jeetan Patel and straight after tea, Joyce 16 edged a wide delivery from Gordon to Ambrose and then Machan 12, lofted Chambers to Javid at mid-off.
Chambers collected a third wicket when Brown was lbw without scoring but Chris Jordan and Will Beer then restored order to the Sussex innings in an unbeaten partnership of eighty three that took Sussex to the close of the opening day on 278-7 with Jordan 58* and Beer 23*
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