County Championship: Four Sussex players score centuries

Ben Brown
Ben Brown also scored a century the last time four Sussex players hit a ton in the same innings
LV= County Championship Division One, Edgbaston (close, day two)
Sussex 601-6 dec: Nash 121, Brown 119 not out, Wright 110, Zaidi 106,
Warwickshire 62-3: Magoffin 2-11
Sussex lead by 539 runs
Sussex 4 pts Warwickshire 1 pt
Match scorecard

Luke Wright, Ben Brown and Ashar Zaidi joined Chris Nash in scoring centuries for Sussex against Warwickshire.

Sussex, who began the day on 280-3, posted a mammoth 601-6 declared.

Nash (121) added only nine to his overnight score, before Wright (110), Brown (119 not out) and Zaidi (106) all reached three figures.

Steve Magoffin then took two wickets in eight balls as the hosts slipped to 14-2 but they recovered slightly to reach 62-3 at close, still 539 runs behind.

Sussex specialise in four centurions . . .
Sussex were the last team to have four centurions in one innings in first-class cricket, against Derbyshire at Horsham in 2010, a feat which also involved Ben Brown (112) and Chris Nash (156). Ed Joyce (164) and Murray Goodwin (100*) were the other two centurions on that occasion.

Varun Chopra was caught behind for six and Ateeq Javid post a seven-ball duck, while Jonathan Trott ended the day 15 not out.

Earlier, Sussex posted their highest-ever score against Warwickshire and their 14th-highest of all time - but still some way short of their county record 742-5 declared against Somerset in 2009.

Nash and Wright began the day at the crease, taking their fourth-wicket partnership to 169, before Nash charged Jeetan Patel (2-106) and was stumped by Tim Ambrose.

A Sussex record sixth-wicket stand against Warwickshire of 191 between Brown and Zaidi was ended when the latter became the second player to be stumped in the innings - only the second first-class wicket of Laurie Evans' career.

Warwickshire director of cricket Dougie Brown:

"It was a tough day for us but you have to give credit to Sussex. They batted very well. Having said that, we bowled and fielded with a lot of energy.

"Jeetan Patel bowled really well and, although Josh Poysden went for a few runs in his later overs, for a young guy on his debut he bowled beautifully in his first 25 overs.

"There are two days left and there is a lot of cricket still to be played in this match. We have just got to come back with a positive mindset, get stuck in and bat for a long time."

Sussex all-rounder Ashar Zaidi:

"With four guys scoring centuries it is good to be part of club history.

"Chris Nash and Luke Wright batted superbly on the first day to lay the platform when batting was not quite so easy. That allowed us to go in and score more freely.

"We have got a good chance now. Hopefully there will be some wear and tear on the pitch after lunch and certainly on day four there will be more turn."