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STUMPS & REACTION: Sussex vs Hampshire - Day Two


Chris Nash on his way to his first Championship half-century of the season

Sussex face an uphill task to turn around their LV=County Championship match with Hampshire at The County Ground, as the south coast rivals made 392 on Day Two at Hove.

Adam Wheater’s 111 was his second century for the county and although Gareth Berg was run out for 99 their stand of 165 in 24 overs helped Hampshire establish a first innings lead of 141.

Edwards then removed Sussex’s top three with the new ball and came back towards the close to pick up Chris Nash for 50 as the hosts closed on 142 for 5, a lead of one run.

It was a tough day for Sussex, although when they had Hampshire 197 for 7, having removed James Vince for 76, they probably entertained hopes of a first innings lead themselves. Instead though Wheater and Berg set a new Hampshire eighth wicket partnership record against Sussex.

Between them they struck 136 runs in boundaries with Berg hitting four sixes. Wheater reached a chanceless hundred just after lunch from only 82 balls and was clearly frustrated with himself when he top-edged a sweep from off-spinner Luke Wells, having hit 17 fours and faced 99 balls in what was the third Championship century at Hove this season.

Wells soon picked up the wicket of Edwards, leaving Berg on 84 when he was joined by last man Jackson Bird. Berg moved into the 90s with successive straight sixes off left-arm spinner Mike Yardy only to be run out by Matt Hobden’s direct hit running in from the fine leg boundary when the came back for a second run. His 99 off 98 balls included 12 boundaries.

Hampshire tails were up, though, and Edwards took 3 for 16 in seven overs with the new ball. The West Indian bowled with searing pace and occasionally steepling bounce down the slope. Wells went without scoring, squared up and edging to third slip, Matt Machan (1) under-edged a pull into his stumps and Mike Yardy (15) was leg before to a full-length ball when Edwards went over the wicket to the left-hander.

Sussex were reduced to 23 for 3 but skipper Ed Joyce and Nash rebuilt the innings with a stand of 61 in 20 overs. But confirmation that it was Hampshire’s day came when Berg, who had taken four wickets in the first innings, had Joyce caught at second slip for 36.

Nash progressed to 50, from 93 balls with seven fours, but immediately after reaching his first half-century of the season he was trapped in front by Edwards, who finished the day with figures of 4 for 21 from 11 overs.

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