Wright puts Sussex in charge
A review of Sunday's LV= County Championship action as Luke Wright's century put Sussex on top at Hove.
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Luke Wright was unbeaten with a century as Sussex took charge of the battle between the LV= County Championship Division One's bottom two teams after Northamptonshire chose to bowl first on a lively pitch at Hove.
Wright's superbly-judged attacking innings - in which he hit 111 not out - lifted Sussex to 319 for six by stumps, a position they would not have dared to hope for when the ball was lifting so alarmingly from just short of a length in the first session in particular.
Sussex, who will go above seventh-placed Lancashire if they win this match, were well-served too by Ed Joyce, Luke Wells and Steffan Piolet in an opening session which could have seen them seriously embarrassed in the conditions.
Northants had a last chance of justifying their decision to bowl when Sussex slipped to 116 for four after lunch, but Ashar Zaidi and Ben Brown then helped Wright to counter-attack thrillingly in the second half of the day, with Brown also batting well for 47 in a sixth-wicket stand of 136 before he edged Andrew Hall to slip, pushing forward.
By the time Northants took the second new ball, with Sussex 242 for five, much of the early devil had gone from the pitch and Wright simply upped the tempo and his second hundred of the season arrived soon afterwards, from 152 balls, and by the end of the day the Northants players were wondering how the scoreboard had come to make such deflating viewing from their perspective.
At the close, Wright had faced 172 balls, hitting a six and 17 fours.
Wright was pleased with his side's progress on day one, and said: "I think the guys up at the top of the order did all the hard work to set the day up for us.
"At lunch they were all saying how difficult it was, and there are cracks in the pitch which makes the odd ball misbehave.
"Otherwise it comes on to the bat very nicely, but it is always better to bat here in the second half of the day, and in the final session in particular.
"We would have bowled first if we had won the toss, and in that first session we could easily have been four or five wickets down."
Chris Tremlett and Tom Curran shared nine wickets between them as Surrey dominated the opening day of their Division Two clash with Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay.
Glamorgan, despite winning the toss, were dismissed for only 232 in their first innings as Tremlett finished with five for 60, while Curran returned figures of four for 88 from 21 overs.
Both bowlers exploited the early conditions as the Colwyn Bay pitch, which had started slightly damp, offered plenty of seam movement. Only Jim Allenby (69), Chris Cooke (45) and Will Owen (37no) offered any real resistance.
In reply, Surrey openers Rory Burns and Zafar Ansari both struck unbeaten half-centuries to strengthen Surrey's position. They finished the day on 121 for no loss, just 111 behind.