Warwickshire build handy lead against Sussex at Arundel
|LV County Championship Division One, Arundel|
|Close, day two: Sussex 251, Warwickshire 370-6|
|Warwicks 7pts, Sussex 4pts|
Warwickshire closed with a lead of 119 after batting throughout the second day of their Division One clash against Sussex at Arundel.
The Bears resumed on 58-0 in reply to Sussex's 251 and soon lost opener Varun Chopra for 50.
But he was only the first of four half-centurions for Warwickshire, who were 370-6 at stumps.
Darren Maddy top scored with 76, while Ian Westwood (72) and Will Porterfield (56) made key contributions.
Tim Ambrose weighed in with 38, while Rikki Clarke (21 not out) and Keith Barker (30 not out) added an unbroken 41 for the seventh wicket after Maddy became the third victim of the innings for Bears old boy James Anyon (3-69).
But with the pitch starting to show sharp turn, Warwickshire will be hoping their spin attack of Jeetan Patel and Chris Metters can press home their advantage when they go back in the field.
That said, only one Bears batsman fell to spin, when Monty Panesar surprised Westwood with bounce and Ed Joyce took a low catch at slip to end a stand of 101 with Porterfield for the second wicket.
Warwickshire were 178-2 at that stage and soon found themselves 196-4 when Luke Wright enticed Porterfield to play on before having Jim Troughton caught at short extra cover.
But a partnership of 98 between Maddy and Ambrose put the visitors back in control, and although both fell to Anyon, Clarke and Barker saw Warwickshire safely through to the close.
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BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's Clive Eakin:
"This is Warwickshire's first ever visit to this much-loved venue in the grounds of Arundel Castle and they're clearly enjoying being here.
"It's been an impressve team effort so far. The wickets were evenly shared by four seam bowlers during an excellent performance in the field, and four Bears batsmen have got to 50.
"Fortunately Warwickshire have managed to avoid taking their Twenty20 form into the longer game. In the space of a few months Ashley Giles's team has been transformed from one who could barely get to 200, into a formidable side able to build decisive first innings leads.
"Now they'll be hoping their first twin spin attack of the season, of Jeetan Patel and Chris Metters, can bowl them to another big victory."