County Championship: Sussex beat Warwickshire in Hove thriller
|LV= County Championship Division One, BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground (day three)|
|Warwickshire 180 & 200: Clarke 34, Hobden 4-48|
|Sussex 191 & 190-9: Jordan 56 not out, Brown 53, Rankin 3-32, Wright 3-54|
|Sussex beat Warwickshire by one wicket|
|Sussex 19 pts, Warwickshire 3 pts|
Chris Jordan's half-century helped Sussex to a dramatic one-wicket win over Warwickshire in the Championship.
Jordan, left out of England's team for their Test win over New Zealand at Lord's, hit Boyd Rankin over long-off for six to clinch victory at Hove.
The visitors were dismissed for 200 in the morning, leaving Sussex 190 to win.
They slipped to 38-3 at lunch, Chris Wright (3-54) taking all three wickets, but Ben Brown (53) gave the hosts hope and Jordan's 56 not out saw them home.
In a low-scoring contest that was settled within three days, Sussex claimed their third Championship victory of 2015 to move above Warwickshire - who suffered their first defeat of the season - in the Division One table.
The visitors resumed on 180-7 in their second innings and Rikki Clarke, who top-scored with 34, added only two to his overnight score before being caught by Harry Finch at second slip off Jordan (2-38), who was playing his first Championship match of the season.
Ian Westwood, batting with an injured thumb at number 10, chopped Steve Magoffin (3-55) onto his stumps and Jordan's fuller ball accounted for Rankin for a five-ball duck, leaving Jeetan Patel on 27 not out.
In reply, Sussex lost Chris Nash for two when he mistimed a pull off Wright and was caught at mid-wicket.
Wright then picked up two wickets in seven balls as Luke Wells was caught at short leg by Ateeq Javid and Finch was bowled for one.
Ed Joyce fell lbw to the first ball after lunch to Clarke (2-35), who then accounted for Luke Wright.
Brown and Craig Cachopa then put on 53 in 11.5 overs, before the latter holed out to Laurie Evans at long-on off the bowling of Patel.
Just as the hosts looked to be gaining control, Brown pulled Rankin (3-32) to Patel in the deep to end his 61-ball innings, which included a six and five fours - and a 55-run seventh-wicket partnership with Jordan.
Jordan was dropped on 44 by Keith Barker, who failed to hang on to a difficult chance on the boundary, but Rankin picked up two wickets in four balls to see off Ollie Robinson and Magoffin.
It brought last man Matthew Hobden to the crease with 15 still required for victory and he managed to see out the three balls he faced, with Jordan winning it in style.
Sussex's matchwinner Chris Jordan:
"It is great to be able to come back to Sussex and make a contribution, especially one like that which helps us win the game.
"Obviously I was disappointed not to play in the Lord's Test against New Zealand, but you have to get over it very quickly and it's very satisfying to help us get what was a very special win.
"We wouldn't have won without Ben Brown's innings. He set things up and I just went out there and decided to play my shots and it has paid off."
Warwickshire coach Dougie Brown:
"You have to give credit to Ben Brown and Chris Jordan for the way they took the game away from us, but at 45-5 we should have closed the game out.
"We didn't take our chances and didn't execute our skills well enough under pressure.
"The pitch was difficult but today it didn't do as much because it was sunny. It was good to bowl on and we just fell a bit short.
"It's our first Championship defeat and the sign of a good team is how they bounce back. This is hard to swallow but we will be looking to bounce back at Lord's next week against Middlesex."