County Championship: Luke Wright helps Sussex take control

Sussex batsman Luke Wright
Luke Wright was only the fourth Division One batsman to reach 1,000 Championship runs this summer
LV= County Championship Division One, New Road (close, day two)
Worcestershire 210: Gidman 60 not out; Jordan 5-68
Sussex 251-3: Wright 98 not out, Brown 45 not out
Sussex lead by 41 runs
Sussex 5 pts, Worcestershire 2 pts
Match scorecard

Sussex batsman Luke Wright reached 1,000 County Championship runs in a season for the first time to put his side on top against Worcestershire.

Wright ended another weather-shortened day on 98 out of a Sussex total of 251-3, a lead of 41 going into day three.

Earlier, Alex Gidman's unbeaten 60 earned the hosts a batting bonus point before they were bowled out for 210.

But, having fallen to 80-3, despite the loss of Chris Nash, who had to retire hurt on 38, Sussex took control.

Wright joins the 1,000-run club
Luke Wright was one of three batsmen to bring up their 1,000 Championship runs for the season on the same day. Yorkshire's Jonny Bairstow and Kent's Sam Northeast also reached the landmark.
Prior to the start of the day's play, only three other players had reached four figures - two in the top flight, Somerset's James Hildreth and Durham's Scott Borthwick, as well as the country's leading scorer, in Division Two, Lancashire's overseas player Ashwell Prince.

Nash, dropped on 12 in the final over before lunch from Jack Shantry, had to be helped off after top-edging Charlie Morris onto his helmet.

Shantry had earlier reached 50 Championship wickets for the second year running when he had Sussex opener Michael Yardy superbly taken by Tom Fell high to his right at leg slip.

Luke Wells, who had also earlier been dropped, was soon caught behind - and Matt Machan was taken by Fell off Morris at silly mid-off.

But Wright and keeper Ben Brown (45 not out) have so far put on 171 for the fourth wicket to steer Sussex in the direction of victory in this Division One relegation tussle.

Seventh-placed Sussex, who have lost just once in their nine visits to New Road, started this game four points better off than their hosts.

Worcestershire assistant coach-bowling coach Matt Mason told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"We are definitely behind in this game at the moment. What can you do? We've just got to keep digging deep and try and fight back.

"It was a bit of a disjointed day towards the end because of the weather which may have done us a little bit of a favour so we can regroup overnight and really try and get ourselves back in itwith some early wickets.

"It is not going to be easy. It is a very flat wicket. That highlights our shortcomings with the bat in the first innings really."

Sussex cricket manager Mark Robinson told BBC Radio Sussex:

"Chris Nash is slightly concussed and the protocol now is you've got to come off and get tested before you are allowed back on the pitch.

"The quality of the partnership between Luke Wright and Ben Brown allowed him the luxury of being able to come back and resume tomorrow. I would imagine he will be next in

"It is quite a flat wicket and you want people to play straight and be patient. They bowled quite skilfully with the new ball but once the two blokes got in, they made it look what it is, a flat wicket."