Wells century makes Sussex favourites

Luke Wells. v Brighton.JPG
Luke Wells. v Brighton.JPG
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A fine Luke Wells century has put Sussex on top against neighbours Surrey - though a draw still looks likely at tea on day three.

The 21 year old has responded superbly to being called up in place of veteren Murray Goodwin to give Sussex a first innings lead of 123 with two wickets in hand.

But with just the evening session and one more day of their LV=CC match of play to come after most of yesterday was washed out, Sussex have a tough task turning their dominance into a victory.

Resuming on 172-7 after lunch, there was early drama when a gust of wind sent an advertising board hurtling onto the pitch towards Gareth Batty. And the next delivery the slip fielder dropped Wells on 88, juggling with the ball before putting it down behind the stumps.

It took Wells another ten overs to reach his ton, a push and dash for two bringing up the 21 year old’s fifth 1st class 100 and second of the season against Surrey.

Following the departure of Naveed Arif Gondal with the last ball of the morning session, Steve Magoffin has helped Wells in building a healthy first innings lead.

Wells will resume on 115 with Magoffin 34 not out for the day’s final session, and Sussex will hope the rain continues to hold off so the pair can add to their lead ahead of the final day tomorrow at Horsham.