Hampshire hit by Sussex triple blow
|LV County Championship Division One, The Rose Bowl|
|Close of play, day two: Sussex 438, Hampshire 145-3|
|Sussex 4pts, Hants 2pt|
Sussex took three wickets for 12 runs to leave Hampshire battling to avoid the follow-on at the Rose Bowl.
After Jimmy Adams and Liam Dawson (60) put on 98 for the first wicket, James Anyon (2-41) and Monty Panesar struck to leave the hosts 110-3.
Johann Myburgh and James Vince saw them to the close on 145-3, needing 144 more to avoid the follow-on.
David Griffths had earlier taken three early wickets on day two as Sussex, 321-3 overnight, were all out for 438.
Griffiths removed Ben Brown in his first over of the day and then claimed the scalps of Murray Goodwin and Luke Wright as Hampshire turned the screw on Sussex to such an extent that they missed out on a fourth batting bonus point.
Andy Hodd and Naved Arif added 46 for the seventh wicket, and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan hit spinner Danny Briggs for three sixes in a breezy 34 before Dominic Cork polished off the innings by winning an lbw decision against Rana and having Anyon caught behind.
Adams and Dawson gave Hampshire a strong start to their reply before Anyon had both caught behind, but not before Dawson had made his fifth Championship score of 50 or more this season from 83 balls, including eight fours.
Panesar plunged Hampshire into further trouble when he trapped Neil McKenzie leg before, but Myburgh and Vince ensured there would be no further alarms before stumps.
CLOSE OF PLAY SUMMARY
BBC Sussex's Steve Sheppard:
"At stumps I'm sure that Hampshire fans would feel a little deflated. What was looking to be their day from start to close seemed to drift slightly away in the last session. Hampshire seamer David Griffiths had it all in the morning session - pace, power and glory - and he completely deserved the three wickets he got in a superb spell.
"Conditions did indeed change. It became slightly overcast and much warmer, and the ball started swinging. The pitch is also now throwing up the odd nightmare ball, as Luke Wright and Liam Dawson will testify after being struck painful blows by the odd ball popping up from nowhere, which could bring Panesar into the equation.
"While a draw possibly does now look the favoured result, these conditions leave us with a tantalising match to watch. It is a finally-balanced knife-edge of a game which Sussex might just, and I mean just, be ahead on points in."