Warwickshire home in on win against Sussex at Arundel

LV County Championship Division One, Arundel
Close, day three: Sussex 251 & 201-5 v Warwickshire 481
Warwicks 7pts, Sussex 4pts
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Sussex pair Luke Wright and Ollie Rayner rallied well to take their County Championship game against Warwickshire into a fourth day.

Wright (75no) and Rayner (29no) have so far put on 87 for the sixth wicket to steer their side to 201-5.

But Sussex are still within 30 runs of avoiding an innings defeat.

Earlier in the day, the Bears extended their overnight 370-6 to 481 all out, Rikki Clarke top scoring with 81 not out, while Keith Barker made 52.

Warwickshire took full control of the game in the morning as Barker and Clarke stretched their seventh-wicket stand to 79.

Wright broke the partnership with his fifth ball of the morning when he had Barker caught behind driving at a wide ball.

That helped Warwickshire earn a first innings lead of 230 to set up what should prove their sixth win in nine Championship games.

Boyd Rankin and Jeetan Patel then took five quick wickets between them to leave hosts Sussex in danger of an innings defeat.

Sussex's hopes of salvaging the game took a massive hit inside the opening six when Rankin removed both openers.

Murray Goodwin batted for more than an hour to score 10 but his vigil ended when he played no shot to a straight ball from Patel and was lbw.

Luke Wells (32) had already survived a run out opportunity going for a suicidal single when he gave his wicket away by charging down the wicket to Patel to be stumped.

And Patel claimed his third wicket when Hodd tried to sweep a ball which was too full and was bowled to reduce Sussex to 114-5.

With Rana Naved-ul-Hasan unlikely to bat after going to hospital for a scan on a shoulder injury, Warwickshire scented victory inside three days only to be held up by Wright and Rayner.

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BBC Sport's Warwickshire man Clive Eakin:

"Sussex's sixth wicket pair have given the home side hope of getting ahead and setting some sort of target. Nevertheless Warwickshire should still win.

"If they do so, they'll put themselves in genuine championship contention so with a team not drastically changed from the one that struggled for most of last season.

"The batsmen are looking far more assured, having benefitted from the addition of William Porterfield. And the bowling unit has blossomed, with Boyd Rankin in particular beginning to turn England heads. Ireland could soon lose another of their star players."

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