Sussex v Essex – The Bob Willis Trophy – Day Three – 1st Central County Ground, Hove – Close
Sussex 194 and 57/2 (21.0 overs)
Essex won the toss and elected to bowl
Sussex lead Essex by 111 runs with eight wickets remaining
Sixteen wickets tumbled on day three at Hove as Sussex established a lead of 111 over Bob Willis Trophy South Group leaders, Essex.
Jamie Porter finished with figures of 5/60 and Simon Harmer 3/48 as Essex polished off the hosts interrupted first-inning for 194 – Philip Salt’s 57 early in the contest the standout score from a Sussex perspective.
However, the visitors’ response failed to gather momentum, before Simon Harmer and Paul Walter cobbled together 29 for the seventh wicket as Essex staged a recovery of sorts from 90/6.
George Garton provided the bulk of the damage with 5/26 – including the prize wicket of Sir Alastair Cook, trapped lbw for 20. Essex were eventually dismissed for 140.
Sussex had reached 57/2 by the close (Harry Finch 32) – Porter claimed his sixth wicket of the match – Harmer clinging on at second slip to dislodge Tom Haines. Play resumes on Tuesday at 11am.
Sussex: Phil Salt, Tom Haines, Harry Finch, Tom Clark, Ben Brown (WK Capt), Aaron Thomason, Delray Rawlins, George Garton, Henry Crocombe, Stuart Meaker, Mitch Claydon,
Essex: Sir Alastair Cook, Nick Browne, Tom Westley (Capt), Dan Lawrence, Ryan ten Doeschate, Paul Walter, Adam Wheater (WK), Simon Harmer, Aaron Beard, Jamie Porter, Matt Quinn
Umpires: IJ Gould and M Newell
Scorers: GJ Irwin and P Elford
Match Referee: SJ Davis