County Championship: Hampshire take control against Sussex

Adam Wheater
Adam Wheater joined Hampshire from Essex in 2013
LV= County Championship Division One, County Ground (day two)
Sussex: 251 & 142-5: Nash 50, Edwards 4-21
Hampshire 392: Wheater 111, Berg 99, Vince 76
Sussex lead Hampshire by 1 run
Sussex 5 pts, Hampshire 7 pts
Match scorecard

Adam Wheater's first century of the season and 99 from Gareth Berg laid the platform for an excellent day for Hampshire against Sussex at Hove.

The visitors began on 116-4 and James Vince moved to 76 before he and Sean Ervine fell to bring Wheater and Berg together at 197-7.

The two scored at more than a-run-ball in a partnership of 165 to give the visitors a first-innings lead of 141.

Fidel Edwards then took 4-21 as Sussex closed on 142-5, a single-run lead.

After a first day in which 14 wickets fell, and on a wicket that consistently challenged the batsmen, Hampshire would have been expecting a difficult day.

And nightwatchman Danny Briggs soon edged behind, before Vince was caught at slip off Matthew Hobden after making his first half century of the season.

When Ervine departed shortly after, lbw to Matthew Hobden, Sussex looked set for a first-innings lead.

Wheater and Berg had other ideas and counter-attacked to turn a position of weakness into one of strength as they took the fight to a tiring Sussex attack.

Hampshire's record stand
Wheater and Berg's partnership of 165 is the highest for the eighth wicket for Hampshire against Sussex - beating 117 by Nic Pothas and Shane Warne at Hove in 2006.

Wheater reached his eighth first-class century from just 82 balls before top-edging a sweep off Luke Wells to slip on 111, while Berg struck four sixes, but missed out on a third hundred when he was run out by Hobden as he pushed for a second to end the innings on 392.

Paceman Edwards then reinforced Hampshire's excellent day, removing the top three batsmen to leave the hosts 23-3, before returning to the attack to trap Chris Nash (50) lbw.

Gareth Berg
Gareth Berg hits out during his 98-ball innings
Gareth Berg
Gareth Berg is run out by Matthew Hobden on 99 to close Hampshire's innings on 392
Fidel Edwards
Fidel Edwards celebrates bowling Matt Machan to leave Sussex 16-2

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