Sussex v Durham: Luke Wells hits double ton as hosts dominate

Luke Wells
Luke Wells hit 32 runs in one Ryan Pringle over after reaching his double century
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, The 1st Central County Ground, Hove (day two):
Durham 287: Coughlin 73, Pringle 60; Archer 5-76
Sussex 452-4: Wells 258, Van Zyl 141*; Onions 2-38
Sussex lead Durham by 165 runs with 6 wickets remaining
Sussex 8 pts, Durham 3 pts
Match scorecard

Luke Wells hit a career-best 258 and Stiaan van Zyl struck an unbeaten century as Sussex took command against Durham on day two at Hove.

Starting on 43-1, the hosts lost Chris Nash to Graham Onions with the third ball of the day before Wells and Van Zyl made a third-wicket stand of 376.

Wells' innings included 34 fours and seven sixes, and he smashed 32 in one over before falling to Paul Coughlin.

Coughlin removed Luke Wright for a duck soon after, but Sussex lead by 165.

It was a 14th first-class century for left-hander Wells, who is making his comeback after a long-term knee injury.

The partnership between Wells and South African Van Zyl broke the previous best for any wicket by any county in a first-class match against Durham, which was the unbroken stand of 366 between Yorkshire's England pair Jonny Bairstow and Tim Bresnan in 2015.

However, they fell short of Sussex's third-wicket record of 385, set by Michael Yardy and Murray Goodwin against Warwickshire in 2006.

Durham were not helped by losing experienced seamer Onions to injury before lunch, leaving them a bowler down.

Their opponents lost their opening two County Championship games of the season, but look favourites for victory unless the visitors can produce a strong batting performance of their own in reply.

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