Sussex v Middlesex: Luke Wright century keeps hosts alive

County Championship Division One, Hove

Close, day three: Sussex 229 & 288-6 v Middlesex 496

Sussex 2pts, Middlesex 8pts

Match scorecard

Luke Wright hit an unbeaten 151 and Monty Panesar took 5-95 as Sussex fought back from a first innings deficit of 267 against Middlesex.

Wright came in with his side in danger of an innings defeat - rocking on 45-4 in their second innings.

But his 251-minute knock, and stands of 110 with Ed Joyce (47) and 107 with Ben Brown (38), helped them to 288-6 and a slender lead of 21 by the close.

Earlier Panesar took four of the last five Middlesex wickets in their 496.

The visitors resumed on 445-5 but the England spinner's efforts saw their last five wickets fall for just 20 runs.

Sussex's first four second-innings wickets fell to four different Middlesex bowlers, including Steve Finn, who had been omitted from the England Test team on Thursday.

But Wright then took control - scoring his runs from just 170 deliveries.

Sussex, second in the Championship table, still face a tough task to avoid defeat on the last day but Wright has kept them in the game.