Sussex rejoice in Joyce as skipper’s two centuries help secure Edgbaston win

Posted On 16 Apr 2014 at 2:15 pm

Sussex 229 and 333-3 beat Warwickshire 87 and 471 by seven wickets

Sussex 20 points, Warwickshire 3 points

Sussex have beaten Warwickshire by seven wickets – the side’s first County Championship win at Edgbaston for 32 years.

They reached their second innings target of 333 this morning (Wednesday 16 April) having lost only three wickets. And only Rory Hamilton-Brown walked today – for 54 runs.

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Skipper Ed Joyce was unbeaten on 151 having notched up a century in both innings.

Sussex now sit atop the LV County Championship after winning their two opening fixtures of the season.

The home side were skittled for 87 runs in their first innings. Only Ian Trott, the top scorer with 37, and wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose, with 20, managed double figures. Four Warwickshire batsmen went for a duck.

Steve Magoffin and Chris Jordan each took three wickets for 15 runs. Jon Lewis took 3 for 18.

Sussex replied with a total of 229. After Joyce’s 117, the next highest scorer was Hamilton-Brown on 24.

The England batsman Ian Bell hit an unbeaten 189 as Warwickshire notched up an impressive 471 in their second innings. Rikki Clarke hit 79 and Jeetan Patel scored 74.

Magoffin claimed three wickets for 88 off 26 overs, including opener Varun Chopra who went for just two runs. Wicketkeeper Ben Brown took three catches.

When Sussex returned to the crease – as well as Joyce’s 151 and Hamilton-Brown’s 54 – opener Luke Wells hit 57, Michael Yardy managed 28 and Matthew Machan 27 as the visitors eased to victory.

The next fixture is a Twenty 20 friendly against Oxfordshire at Hove on Easter Monday (21 April).

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