Warwickshire v Sussex: Laurie Evans leads Bears recovery
|LV CC Division One, Edgbaston|
|Close, day two: Sussex 311 v Warwickshire 252-6|
|Warwickshire 3 pts, Sussex 3 pts|
Laurie Evans's third successive Championship ton at Edgbaston helped Warwickshire recover from a disastrous start on day two against Sussex.
They lost their first two wickets without scoring and slumped to 47-4 in response to Sussex's 311 all out.
But a 137-run stand by Evans (137) and Tim Ambrose (61) helped them close on 252-6, only 59 runs in arrears.
Earlier, loan signing Maurice Chambers mopped up the Sussex tail to finish with 5-68 on his Warwickshire debut.
Chambers took the final two wickets of Will Beer and Steve Magoffin to end an impressive first outing as a Warwickshire player, having arrived from Essex.
However, with both sides needing a win to maintain their title hopes, the Bears were immediately on the back foot when Magoffin saw off Varun Chopra and Ateeq Javid to leave them 0-2 for his 50th and 51st wickets of the season.
And after Will Porterfield was caught for a duck by wicketkeeper Ben Brown off Magoffin (3-54), things were looking bleak for the defending champions, only for Evans, who made centuries in previous home games against Nottinghamshire and Somerset, to hit 137 off 215 balls to give his side a good chance of establishing a first-innings lead.
The only blemish in Evans's innings was when he was dropped at mid-on off the bowling of Beer while on 45.