County Championship: Beer denied maiden ton as rain hits Sussex v Gloucestershire
|Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Arundel (day two):|
|Sussex 351-8: Beer 97, Wiese 67; Van Buuren 3-46|
|Gloucestershire: Yet to bat|
|Sussex 3 pts, Gloucestershire 1 pt|
Makeshift opener Will Beer narrowly missed out on a maiden first-class century as Sussex advanced to 351-8 against Gloucestershire at Arundel.
Leg-spinner Beer, opening for the first time in a County Championship fixture, spent seven hours and 41 minutes at the crease for his knock of 97.
But that lengthy vigil was ended when David Payne sent his off stump flying.
Beer had shared a sixth-wicket partnership of 91 with David Wiese, who struck a breezy 67 from 80 balls.
Left-arm spinner Graeme Van Buuren (3-46) removed both Wiese and Chris Jordan (7) before lunch.
However, rain arrived at the interval and continued during the afternoon, making further play impossible.
Sussex captain Ben Brown:
"We were so disappointed for him that he didn't get the hundred. It was a great effort.
"The wickets at Arundel can be slow and you can get bowled out for 150 trying to force the pace.
"So the way he played, which allowed the rest of us to bat around him, was an exceptional effort and it's a shame he didn't get the hundred he deserved."