REPORT: Sussex re-Joyce as skipper’s ton puts hosts well ahead02-Aug-2012
A fantastic century from new captain Ed Joyce put Sussex in the driving seat on Day Two of Sussex’s LV=County Championship Division One clash with Worcestershire at The PROBIZ County Ground, Hove today, with the lead over the visitors now 163 as the hosts closed on 325 for 7.
Resuming on 22 without loss overnight, Sussex played cautiously throughout the morning session in order to reduce the 140 deficit and lost their first wicket by adding only four to the overnight score when Alan Richardson bowled Chris Nash for 18.
It was Richardson again who struck ten runs later when Luke Wells could only edge to Daryl Mitchell at slip for four, whilst Murray Goodwin, who had earlier been hurt from a blow on the gloves from Jack Shantry, was trapped lbw by Richard Jones.
That wicket brought outgoing skipper Michael Yardy to the crease with the new incumbent Joyce (pictured) and the pair put on 61 and looked to be building nicely as the sun shone down on Hove until Yardy became Richardson’s third victim, nicking behind to Ben Scott for 33.
Joyce continued though and found another willing partner in Luke Wright, the latter looking to move the score along when possible with Joyce happy to push around. He may have spent plenty of time in the nineties but he brought up his three figures to rapturous applause from the home crowd as he swept a Moeen Ali full toss nearly for four.
His superb 260-ball knock came to an end when Richardson trapped him leg-before for 107 whilst Wright followed only four overs later, edging Gareth Andrew to Mitchell at slip for 78, which included eight fours and a six.
Ben Brown made 28 before Moeen Ali picked up his first wicket as he was caught by Vikram Solanki but Sussex closed on 325 for 7, a healthy lead of 163 runs going into Day Three, with Steve Magoffin 29 not out and James Anyon unbeaten on 4.