Lancashire are still firmly in the hunt to claim their third LV= County Championship win of the season after forcing Sussex to follow-on at Hove
600-wicket star Gary Keedy and captain Glen Chapple both took four wickets as the hosts were bowled out for 290 in reply to Lancashire’s first innings total of 590, meaning they had to begin their second innings after tea.
Resuming the day on 97-4 in their first, Sussex made Lancashire’s bowlers work hard during the morning session and the first hour of the afternoon.
Sussex stand-in captain Murray Goodwin dug in to notch a fine 113 off 211 balls, including eleven boundary fours, although that was the only innings of real substance from the South Coast outfit.
But there was far more to cheer about for the hosts after the tea break because Ed Joyce and Chris Nash both scored unbeaten fifties to help their side close on 147-0 after 38 overs of their second innings.
The pair, on 63 and 57 not out respectively, will be looking to reduce a deficit of 153 more runs when play resumes in the morning.
Night-watchman Amjad Khan and Luke Wright were the only two wickets to fall in the morning session, with Khan caught at first slip by Paul Horton off Chapple in the third over of the day and Wright caught by the same man off Keedy as lunch approached.
Keedy’s third scalp of the innings was the 600th of his first-class career.
His first was that of former Zimbabwe all-rounder Andy Whittall in 1995 - and his 400th victim, the former Kent opening batsman Dave Fulton, was present at the ground today on media duties.
Keedy said: “I’m pleased with that. I enjoy the odd milestone, and 600 wickets is good achievement. Since I broke my collarbone last year I’ve come out and played with a little bit more self belief. I’m enjoying my cricket more.”
Goodwin and Wright (33) shared 81 for the sixth wicket before Goodwin and wicketkeeper Andrew Hodd (28) added 90 for the second as the Red Rose bowlers were forced to remain patient during an attritional period of play.
But Chapple then sparked a collapse of four wickets to fall for 19 runs in the space of seven overs when he trapped Hodd lbw to leave the score at 271-7 in the 85th.
Mark Chilton superbly caught Goodwin at cover in Chapple’s next over before Rana Naved-ul-Hasan was trapped lbw by Sajid Mahmood shortly afterwards.
The Sussex innings was wrapped up when Naveed Arif was trapped lbw by Keedy at the end of the 91st over, making him the third Sussex batsman to fall not offering a shot.
Chapple finished with figures of 4-63 from 24 overs and Keedy 4-101 from 29.
Keedy added: “I think we did a brilliant job to bowl them out for under 300 on that pitch in the first innings. It was a great effort by the lads.
“Obviously they dug in when they batted again - we always knew that it was going to be difficult.
“But I still think we’re in a great position because they’re a long way behind. If we bowl well, get some inroads, we can go from there.
“We’ve shown in the first innings that when you get one, you can get two pretty quickly. If we can get them six down and try to expose their tail, we’re in with a chance. You’ve just got to hang in there.”
There were a couple of loud lbw shouts off Keedy’s bowling in the second innings, while the 36 year-old also said that the Sussex duo of Joyce and Nash got away with the odd nick and flick here and there.
Reports: Day1 I Day 2
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