Derbyshire v Sussex: Michael Yardy century boosts visitors
|County Championship Division One, Derby|
|Close, day two: Derbyshire 223 v Sussex 328-8|
|Derbys 3pts, Sussex 6pts|
Michael Yardy hit an unbeaten century and put on 179 with Chris Jordan to carry Sussex into a first-innings lead on day two against Derbyshire.
Having dismissed the home side for 223, with Jordan taking 3-77 and James Anyon 3-56, they struggled to 47-3 in reply.
But Yardy (121) and Jordan (92) struck 25 boundaries between them to steer their side to 328-8, a lead of 105.
Mark Footitt dismissed Steve Magoffin and Anyon after a short final-session rain break for figures of 5-104.
Derbyshire began the day on 158-6 and at least had the consolation of earning a batting bonus point, thanks to Clare (25) and Richard Johnson (22 not out) before they were all out.
Seam-bowler Footitt did his best to get them back into the game as he picked up the early wickets of Luke Wells, who passed 2,000 first-class runs before edging into the slips, Chris Nash and Rory Hamilton-Brown.
And he then excelled in the field by taking a superb one-handed catch at square leg to dismiss Brown for 10 off Clare, who had earlier accepted a chance offered by Gatting off his own bowling.
With skipper Ed Joyce absent for family reasons, Jordan arrived in the middle with his side 109-5, but with Yardy's reassuring presence at the other end, he grew in confidence and went past his previous career-best of 79 not out.
A short rain delay may have affected Jordan's concentration, however, as after Yardy reached three figures he fell short of a a maiden hundred when he fended a rising ball from Tim Groenewald to second slip.
Magoffin and Anyon then departed in successive overs, but Yardy was unmoved as he and Monty Panesar saw out the day.