Sussex take 284-run lead to set up a grand-stand finish

JPCT 230714 S1430505x Horsham Cricket Festival. Sussex v Warwickshire. Trott century -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-140723-130717001

JPCT 230714 S1430505x Horsham Cricket Festival. Sussex v Warwickshire. Trott century -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-140723-130717001

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Sussex have extended their lead to 284 runs at Horsham after bowling Warwickshire out for 333 on day three of their LV County Championship match.

Warwickshire had first put on a resilient showing and batted all the way until tea as Varun Chopra (81) and Jonathan Trott (106) top-scored to leave them trailing Sussex’s first innings’ scores by 80 runs.

Sussex started well in the last session of the day and were 204-4 at stumps on the penultimate day.

Nash (seven) was the first wicket to fall as he was caught behind by Tim Ambrose, while Luke Wells followed for 31 as he was caught and bowled by Jeetan Patel.

Ed Joyce and Craig Cachopa went for 72 and 54 respectively, while Chris Jordan (ten) and Luke Wright (11) were both unbeaten, which gave them 204-4 in 44 overs, adding to their first-innings total of 413.

They will surely be looking to add a few more tomorrow morning, before declaring and hoping to bowl out their opponents on the final day.

In the morning session, Warwickshire swiftly lost Sam Hain for ten when he was caught by Chris Jordan.

Ambrose joined Trott at the crease, but didn’t stay long – dragging a delivery from Jordan onto his own stumps.

Rikki Clarke was dropped twice off the bowling of Steve Magoffin (4-74) and once off Chris Jordan(2-94).

Trott, meanwhile, reached his century with relative ease, but was soon in hot water as Jordan found his edge, only see the chance put down at slip.

The four dropped catches looked set to send Sussex into lunch frustrated, but Magoffin produced a peach of a delivery that Trott could only help into Ben Brown to leave Warwicksshire 247-6.

Clarke and Keith Barker were both caught behind after lunch, and, Patel, fell to the same fate to leave the visitors 326-9.

Lewis Hatchett (3-70) had Boyd Rankin caught behind by Brown soon after at tea.