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REPORT: Burgess and Jordan help put Sussex on top


Michael Burgess scored his maiden first-class hundred on a great day for Sussex

Sussex enjoyed one of their best days of the season as they put promotion-chasing Nottinghamshire to the sword on day 2 of the Specsavers County Championship match at the 1st Central County Ground.

Michael Burgess scored 146 - his maiden first-class hundred - and Chris Jordan compiled a career-best 147 as Sussex, who had been 107 for 5 on the first day, recovered in sensational fashion to make 565, their biggest total at Hove since 2007 and their highest score at the venue against Nottinghamshire. On a day of rich entertainment, a good crowd were treated to 443 runs and ten wickets.

Sussex's bowlers then got to work, reducing Notts to 108 for 5 when bad light stopped play. To ensure promotion Notts have to get 400 in 110 overs and maximum batting points or win the game, with Northamptonshire and Worcestershire anxiously following developments while trying to win their own matches and claim the two promotion spots.

The seventh-wicket stand between Burgess and Jordan was another Sussex record beating the previous highest against Notts of 157, set by Matt Prior and Kevin Innes at Horsham in the Championship-winning season of 2003. When Burgess was finally out shortly after lunch, bowled by Harry Gurney, they had put on 189 in 36 overs with Jordan.

Sussex had resumed on 230 for 5 and soon lost Delray Rawlins, who was caught behind off Gurney without addition to his overnight 55.

But that was the last success Notts enjoyed for a while as Burgess and Jordan built what could potentially be a match-winning stand.

Burgess, 67 not out overnight, reached his hundred with three successive fours off Ben Hutton while Jordan was quickly into his stride. The morning session yielded 159 runs for Sussex and there was no let-up after the break.

Burgess had faced 198 balls, hitting 19 fours and two sixes, when he was bowled by Gurney playing defensively in the 105th over with the total 421 for 7.

Jordan mixed brutal hitting against Notts' trio of spinners with some eye-catching shots through the off side against the seamers as he reached his second first-class hundred.

When he got to 132 he surpassed his previous best of 131, made against Essex at Colchester last season, by which time he had been joined by Jofra Archer, who needed no second invitation to put bat to ball against a tiring attack.

They put on 96 for the eighth wicket before Jordan was caught at long on for 147, made off 167 balls with 17 fours and 3 sixes.

Archer made 72 from 84 deliveries, including two sixes and seven fours, before picking out long off and Stuart Whittingham was last man out for a lusty 27, bowled by part-time off-spinner Billy Root whose three late victims were his first in first-class cricket.

It was now time for the Sussex bowlers to impress.

Archer struck with his fourth delivery, which Jake Libby edged to slip, before Whittingham struck in successive overs, his raw pace being too much for Chet Pujara - lbw for 12 - and Steven Mullaney, whose defences were breached for 22.

Archer picked up his second wicket when Rikki Wessels (1) was caught behind to leave Notts 54 for 4 and that soon became 65 for 5 as Whittingham had Samit Patel (21) lbw in the 17th over.

As the light deteriroated, Billy Root and Chris Read steadied the innings with an unbroken stand of 43 before the light got too bad to continue.

After play, Adrian Harms of BBC Sussex spoke to Chris Jordan. Hear the interview by clicking here

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