Hampshire punished by Sussex's Joyce

LV County Championship Division One, The Rose Bowl
Close of play, day one: Sussex 321-3
Hants 1pt, Sussex 3pts
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LV County Championship

Ed Joyce hit a century to give Sussex the upper hand on Hampshire on day one at The Rose Bowl.

Joyce, who also hit a ton in last week's draw with Lancashire, made 103 and shared an opening stand of 191 with Chris Nash (78).

Murray Goodwin (39 not out) and Luke Wells (37) also contributed as Sussex reached 321-3 at the close.

Friedel de Wet, Sean Ervine and Danny Briggs took a wicket each on a day when the bowlers were made to toil.

Goodwin's decision to bat on winning the toss paid dividends for the hosts, with Joyce and Nash laying the foundations for a big total.

Nash, who survived a strong appeal for a catch at the wicket on 28, eventually fell lbw to Ervine.

Joyce completed his 26th first-class century from 214 balls, but was trapped leg before by de Wet soon after.

Promising left-arm spinner Briggs had Wells caught at slip, leaving Goodwin and Ben Brown (23 not out) to share an unbroken stand of 58 before stumps.

CLOSE OF PLAY SUMMARY

BBC Sussex's Steve Sheppard:

"A great day for Sussex, one that coach Mark Robinson will be delighted with.

"The key was the wonderful opening partnership Nash and Joyce. The Ireland batsman seems to have hit a rich vein of form at the right time.

"Hampshire toiled, with the Danny Briggs the pick of the bowlers. The Isle of Wight lad only took a single wicket, but must have received a pat on the back for his massive 28 overs today. He will go on to achieve great things in his career.

"The weather for day two could possibly throw up an interesting scenario. Overcast conditions could mean that Dominic Cork's lads pin back the Sussex charge.

"However, the pitch will continue to be a perfect batting wicket and, if Sussex can get on top of the bowling, I can see them declaring by tea."

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