Warwickshire v Sussex, LV= County Championship
Sussex completed a seven wicket victory over Warwickshire on the final day with skipper Ed Joyce unbeaten on 151
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Match report by Phil Britt
It took Sussex less than an hour on the final morning to complete a seven wicket victory over Warwickshire with their skipper Ed Joyce fittingly hitting the winning boundary to complete an emphatic victory, whilst also completing his personal 150.
Earlier Jeetan Patel had picked up the wicket of Rory Hamilton-Brown 54 top edging an attempted sweep and Trott at slip ran round to leg slip to complete the catch.
This was the only success for Warwickshire who took 3 points from the match while Sussex took 20 points.
Ian Bell and Jeetan Patel took their overnight eighth wicket partnership on to 118 on the third morning with Bell passing his one hundred and fifty and Patel completing a half-century before Patel fell to another Brown catch off Magoffin for seventy four.
Chris Wright went first ball to an Anyon yorker, but Oliver Hannon-Dalby kept Bell company, adding thirty four for the final wicket before being run out from Machan’s throw.
Ian Bell was undefeated on 189 as Warwickshire closed their innings on 471 leaving Sussex a target of 330 for victory.
In the few overs left before lunch, Luke Wells had a let-off when dropped at second slip by Laurie Evans, but after the interval, both openers looked to keep the board ticking along with Joyce completing his half century to complement his first innings hundred, as Sussex once again took over as favourites for victory, reaching tea on 120-0.
After tea, Sussex continued to reduce their target and despite losing Wells 57 and Yardy 28, their captain Ed Joyce completed his second century of the match to close the day unbeaten on 125 with Rory Hamilton-Brown 48* giving him strong support as they shared an unbeaten third wicket partnership of eighty five to close on 273-2 needing just fifty seven more runs for victory on the final day.
Warwickshire lost Varun Chopra lbw for two in only the third over of the morning when they began their second innings, not offering a stroke to a ball from Steve Magoffin that came back and stayed low.
Laurie Evans and Jonathan Trott then appeared to have seen off the new ball attack until Evans 15, edged the fifth ball of Jordan’s sixth over to Yardy at slip and off the second ball of Jordan’s next over Trott pulled him to Wells at deep backward square-leg for 26 to leave Warwickshire 49-3 after an hour of the second day, still trailing Sussex by 93 runs.
Ian Bell and Tim Ambrose looked to be building a useful fourth wicket partnership until Ambrose edged Jon Lewis to Ed Joyce at slip for 19, 20minutes before lunch and, after the break, Chris Woakes 23 became Jordan’s third victim when he was caught at slip by Yardy with Warwickshire just five runs ahead.
Ian Bell and Rikki Clarke dug in and posted a century partnership for the sixth wicket but sitting on 49, and Ian Bell having completed his century, Clarke took a ball on the hand from Jordan and after a five minute delay while he had treatment, he continued batting, although clearly in trouble, playing a number of shots one-handed. He completed his half century and was particularly severe on Zaidi before a superb diving leg-side catch by Ben Brown off Anyon, brought his innings to a close on 79.
The partnership of 132 was a new record against Sussex for the sixth wicket at Edgbaston beating Abberley and Cartwright’s previous one of 83 set in 1969.
Keith Barker made a useful nineteen and gave Bell good support and after he had edged Magoffin with the new ball to Brown. Jeetan Patel joined Bell and shared in an unbroken partnership of 69 for the eighth wicket with Patel closing on 47* and Ian Bell unbeaten on 144* at the end of an excellent day for Warwickshire who lead by 245 runs on 387-7.
Warwickshire’s opening day of the new LV= County Championship season started well when Ian Bell won the toss at Edgbaston and decided to bat. However, things rapidly went downhill when Chris Jordan’s opening spell of six overs brought him the wickets of Chopra 1, Evans 4 and Bell without scoring to leave them 20-3 in the tenth over.
Jonathan Trott and Tim Ambrose added forty four runs at almost a run-a-ball for the fourth wicket, before Ambrose 20 edged Lewis to slip and Yardy took a comfortable catch.
Chris Woakes 3 was lbw to James Anyon and Steve Magoffin bowled Rikki Clarke, while Keith Barker fell to Lewis courtesy of another slip catch, this time by Jordan.
Jonathan Trott played some nicely timed shots through mid-wicket before chopping a delivery from Magoffin into his stumps, and the same bowler had Chris Wright caught behind by Ben Brown before Lewis wrapped up the Warwickshire innings before lunch for 87 in the 28th over.
In reply Sussex skipper, Ed Joyce was in belligerent mood, taking advantage of anything short or on leg stump as he raced to a century in the middle session from just 116 deliveries with 16 boundaries.
There was some success for Warwickshire in that session with Barker removing Wells 4, Woakes bowling Yardy 9 and Hamilton-Brown 24 lbw to Hannon-Dalby, but Sussex went to tea on 162-3 with a lead of 75.
After tea, Warwickshire bowled a tighter line and were rewarded with the wicket of Matt Machan 19 who edged Woakes to Ambrose and Ashar Zaidi who hit Patel for six but was then lbw to the New Zealander.
With the brake firmly applied to the scoring rate, Rikki Clarke picked up the prize wicket of Joyce 117 when he pulled a short delivery straight to Trott on the deep mid-wicket boundary.
A fourth wicket in the final session came when Brown 12 edged Keith Barker to Clarke at slip with Sussex 204-7 and Anyon quickly followed without scoring to a Varun Chopra catch again at slip off Rikki Clarke.
With just four overs remaining in an extraordinary day’s play, Keith Barker took his third wicket when Jordan edged to Ambrose for 15 and, in the penultimate over of the day, the Sussex innings closed on 229 when Lewis was well caught at mid wicket by a diving Patel off Wright for four.
At the close Sussex held a 142 first innings lead thanks largely to their skipper Ed Joyce’s superb 117.