Sussex v Warwickshire: Boyd Rankin impresses on Bears return

County Championship Division One, Hove
Close, day three: Warwickshire 453, Sussex 416-7
Warwickshire 5pts, Sussex 5pts
Match scorecard

Fit-again Warwickshire fast bowler Boyd Rankin made an impressive return to action on a batsman-friendly track against Sussex at Hove.

Resuming at 129-1, Sussex piled up 416-7 to trail the Bears by 37 in a game destined to end in a draw.

But Rankin took half of the six wickets to fall in the day to end with tidy figures of 3-60 from 22 overs.

Luke Wells, 73 overnight, went four short of a ton for 96, while Ben Brown was still there at the close on 82.

In front of England selector Geoff Miller, on a slow wicket offering little help to the bowlers, England hopeful Rankin took both wickets that fell in the morning session in a fiery spell.

The 6ft 8in Irish international might have had a third, with England keeper Matt Prior perilously close to being dismissed lbw first ball.

But Prior survived to make a rapid 42 in 40 balls, while skipper Ed Joyce also weighed in with 42, an innings that went on three times as long.


BBC Sussex's Adrian Harms:

"The fact that just 17 wickets have fallen in three days tells the story of the game.

"A low, flat wicket has made wicket-taking difficult, scoring runs a slow process, and a draw now is almost inevitable.

"For all that, the Warwickshire bowlers never gave up and Luke Wells batted well, missing out by just four runs on consecutive hundreds."