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REPORT: Nash transfers T20 form into Championship on day one at Worcester

07-Aug-2017

Chris Nash scored his first Specsavers County Championship century of the season as Sussex recovered from a difficult start to finish day one of their match against Worcestershire on 342-7.

Sussex won the toss under blue skies at New Road and elected to bat, but soon found themselves in trouble at 49-3.

Nash – batting at number five instead of his regular opening berth - and Luke Wells then put on 97 for the fourth wicket and shifted the momentum towards the visitors. 

Wells continued his good form in the Championship, his 85 on Sunday taking his tally for the season to 789 at an average of 87.7.

This innings follows the 155 Wells scored against Worcestershire in Sussex’s innings victory at the 1st Central County Ground, Hove, earlier in the year.

At the other end, Nash has no trouble in transferring his good form in the NatWest T20 Blast to the four-day arena, albeit at a pace more befitting to the longer format. 

His hundred came off 175 deliveries and contained 14 fours, and was his 23rd first class century. 

After Wells had been caught at slip in the 46th over, Nash forged another productive partnership with Chris Jordan. The pair put on 118 for sixth wicket in just 25 overs to take Sussex within touching distance of a third batting point.

The introduction of the second new ball brought Worcestershire the breakthrough, with the score on 298, Nash trapped LBW by Joe Leach for 118.

Sussex then made it the close for the loss of one more wicket, with Jordan unbeaten on 57 – his second half century of the Championship season – and Jofra Archer on six not out.

Speaking after the day’s play, Nash said: “"It was nice to bat long, change the gears and get myself in and go big so I was pretty happy.

"I was trying to tell Browny (captain Ben Brown) that I want to bat five.

"I came in at lunch and he said 'if you get 110, you can stay at number five' so when I got the 100 I knew I had done most of the work towards that.

"It is a really nice feeling. I've worked hard in four-day cricket and it just hasn't happened this year. That's how it goes sometimes and it's nice to get through that.

"They told me this morning I was going to bat five. To be honest, after a month of T20, I really needed it.

"I got in this morning and was pretty knackered after a busy kind of couple of weeks of T20. It gave a bit of breathing space and I really enjoyed it. I really enjoy batting in the middle order."

Sussex go into day two looking to secure maximum batting points, before putting Worcestershire under pressure during their reply. 

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