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REPORT: Sussex beat Warwickshire by 226 runs at Horsham


Chris Jordan bowled irresistibly at Horsham taking three wickets for Sussex

Chris Jordan warmed up for the third Test with three wickets and on-loan James Tredwell took 4 for 7 as Sussex beat Warwickshire by 226 runs to record their second successive win in the LV=County Championship Division One.

Set 326 to win in 77 overs, Warwickshire never recovered from Jordan’s pre-lunch burst when he removed Varun Chopra, Will Porterfield and Jonathan Trott which reduced them to 7 for 3.

Tim Ambrose held up his former county with 56 but there was little support from his team-mates as they were routed for 99, an innings which featured five ducks.

Off-spinner Tredwell, who is in the second month of a loan spell from Kent, finished them off with four wickets, the innings ending in farcical circumstances when Keith Barker was run out after being sent back by last man Boyd Rankin.

Jordan had only bowled four overs in a T20 since the second Test against Sri Lanka five weeks ago and after taking two wickets in the first innings he produced a hostile burst of swing bowling to undermine Warwickshire’s run chase.

Chopra drove at a delivery he could have left alone in Jordan’s second over and two balls later he had completed a double wicket maiden when Porterfield was leg before playing across the line.

The key wicket of Trott, who had made his first hundred of the season in the first innings, came in Jordan’s next over when he edged a ball that beat him off the pitch. There was a brief fightback by Ambrose and Ian Westwood, who took the score to 35 when left-armer Lewis Hatchett got some extra bounce in his second over and Westwood gave Brown his ninth catch of the innings.

By then Tredwell was settling into a long spell and he struck twice in the 23rd over with the score on 46 as Sam Hain was taken at short leg and Rikki Clarke at slip, both for ducks.

Ambrose and Chris Woakes added 53 for the seventh wicket with Ambrose reaching his half-century with his eighth boundary, an on-drive off Steve Magoffin.

But Ambrose was bowled through the gate by Chris Nash and in the last over before tea Tredwell switched ends and had Woakes superbly caught one-handed by Jordan at slip.

After the interval, Tredwell bowled Jeetan Patel through the gate before the comical run out of Barker brought a sorry end to a hugely disappointing Warwickshire batting display.

Earlier, Sussex had lost five wickets adding 41 runs before Ed Joyce declared with a lead of 325. Patel picked up three of them to finish with 4 for 84 but Sussex were well on course to completing their first Championship double over Warwickshire since 1960.

Jordan was delighted with the part he played in helping Sussex climb to fourth in the table.

The 25-year-old, who warmed up for Sunday’s Third Test by taking 3 for 38, said: “We spoke beforehand about not trying to bowl magic deliveries, but rather bowling consistently in good areas because we knew the pitch would do the rest.

“But I felt good. It was my first proper bowl for over a month and I definitely needed some overs under my belt. James Tredwell has bowled really well since he came to us on loan and it was good to see him get his rewards as well.”

WATCH the full interview with Chris Jordan via the link to the Sussex TV YouTube Channel above, as he spoke to BBC Sussex after the emphatic victory over Warwickshire

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