Luke Wells' ton guides Sussex to draw at Hampshire

LV County Championship Division One, The Rose Bowl

Sussex 438 & 254-6 dec drew with Hampshire 480

Hants 9pts, Sussex 7pts

Match scorecard

Luke Wells

Wells hit a career-best 103 in Sussex's win against Durham last month

Luke Wells hit his second century of the season to ease Sussex to a draw against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl.

Sussex began their second innings at the start of the final day, trailing the hosts by 42.

But the result was never in doubt once 20-year-old Wells (100) and Chris Nash (56) put on 92 for the second wicket.

Luke Wright also weighed in with 39 before the sides shook hands after Sussex declared on 254-6, with slow left-armer Danny Briggs taking 4-99.

Wells' innings was the highlight of a dramaless final day, and he announced his intentions by hitting Briggs for a straight six.

The left-hander, son of former Susssex batsman Alan, eventually reached his century off 169 balls, hitting 11 fours in addition to that maximum, but fell short of the career-best 103 he made in last month's victory over Durham when he drove Sean Ervine to James Vince.

Briggs bowled a marathon spell of 30 overs and was rewarded with the scalps of Ed Joyce, Murray Goodwin, Nash and Wright.

The draw lifted Hampshire above Worcestershire at the bottom of the Division One table, with Sussex seventh.

POST-MATCH REACTION

Sussex cricket manager Mark Robinson told BBC Sussex:

"It was a tricky day because there was a lot of rough for the spinner and we've got a few left-handed batsmen.

"It was a magnificent century for Luke Wells to negotiate that for the most of the day. We've still had batting wobbles but we're getting there.

"We felt we had an opportunity to win the game. The wicket died a death a little bit today and became very slow.

"The bottom line is we're not taking our catches and that's really hurting us and we're not getting the rub of the green on decisions from the umpires."

BBC Radio Sussex's Steve Sheppard:

"In really moody weather conditions, when it always looked like it was going to rain, but didn't, a match that was always destined to be a draw, eventually was.

"A wonderful innings by young Luke Wells, who made the second 100 of his short career.

"Great bowling from Danny Briggs too, just missing out on a five-wicket haul."