Essex on the back foot

PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 April 2016

Tom Westley top scored for Essex on the second day of their match at Sussex (pic: Gareth Fuller/PA)

Tom Westley top scored for Essex on the second day of their match at Sussex (pic: Gareth Fuller/PA)

PA Wire

Sussex edge second day’s play

Essex will begin the third day of their County Championship Division Two match against Sussex 108 runs in arrears at Hove.

Tom Westley and Jesse Ryder hit half-centuries for the visitors on day two, but the home attack held the upper hand for the most part.

And Essex will be hoping captain Ryan ten Doeschate can lead a lower-order rally as the match enters a crucial phase on Tuesday morning.

Essex wasted little time in wrapping up the Sussex innings, as former Oaks Park pupil Jamie Porter claimed the final two wickets with the fifth and sixth balls of the day.

But England Test captain Alastair Cook lasted just five balls in reply, before edging Steve Magoffin to Chris Nash at second slip.

Westley helped steady the ship with South Woodford’s Nick Browne, surviving a run out scare, as the pair put on 52 for the second wicket.

Left-hander Browne fell for 15, caught and bowled off his pad by Ollie Robinson, and Ravi Bopara gloved a George Garton delivery down the leg side to Ben Brown after hitting three boundaries to leave Essex 84-3 at lunch.

Former Trinity High School pupil Dan Lawrence succumbed for just 11 soon after Essex had reached three figures, but New Zealander Ryder helped Westley put on a vital 83 for the fifth wicket.

In-form Westley, having hit centuries against Cambridge University and Gloucestershire, fell to Danny Briggs 14 runs short of another hundred, having hit 14 boundaries in a 153-ball innings, and Ryder followed soon after, edging to first slip having reached his half-century with seven fours to leave the visitors 191-6.

That left ten Doeschate and Wanstead old boy James Foster to try and rebuild the innings once again, which they managed to a degree until the former England wicketkeeper was bowled by 19-year-old Garton, who had also left the skipper needing treatment after a blow on the elbow.

Ten Doeschate showed no ill effects as he hit Briggs for successive sixes alongside Graham Napier, but as overhead conditions became more gloomy the Hove floodlights were switched on.

And having moved their total to 252-7, with Sussex preparing to take the second new ball, the umpires decided the light was bad enough to stop play, before calling the day short with 13 overs still to be bowled.

Sussex 360: Nash 119, Joyce 61, Robinson 51; Napier 3-61, Westley 2-20, ten Doeschate 2-34, Porter 2-83, Bopara 1-38.

Essex 252-7: Browne 15, Cook 1, Westley 86, Bopara 17, Lawrence 11, Ryder 51, ten Doeschate 32*, Foster 14; Napier 13*.

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