County Championship: Lancashire wrap up big win over Sussex

Matt Parkinson (right) celebrates taking a wicket for Lancashire
Matt Parkinson (right) ended the match with figures of 10-165
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Emirates Old Trafford (day three):
Sussex 127 & 316: Rawlins 100, Wiese 77; Parkinson 4-142
Lancashire 494-6 dec: Vilas 132*, Jones 88, Davies 72, Jennings 65, Maxwell 59
Lancashire (23 pts) beat Sussex (1 pt) by an innings and 51 runs

Lancashire strengthened their promotion bid after beating Sussex by an innings and 51 runs inside three days.

After resuming on 15-0 in their second innings, 352 runs behind Lancashire's first-innings score, Sussex were reduced to 39-4 at Old Trafford.

Delray Rawlins (100) hit his maiden first-class ton to resist alongside Phil Salt and David Wiese (77) but Matt Parkinson (4-142) removed all three.

Graham Onions (3-18) helped Parkinson wrap up victory shortly after tea.

Lancashire, who remain unbeaten this season, have extended their lead at the top of the in Division Two table to 30 points, with second-placed Glamorgan looking likely to lose at home to Middlesex.

However, Sussex's hopes of a return to the top flight suffered another blow with a third successive defeat in a five-match winless spell - and their top-order batsmen once again failed to make an impact.

Rawlins, whose previous high score in first-class cricket was 96, got to his century off 99 balls, including 12 fours and three sixes.

The 21-year-old was out the very next ball after reaching three figures, caught and bowled by Parkinson, who ended with career-best match figures of 10-165.

Sussex's Delray Rawlins celebrates his maiden first-class century
Delray Rawlins has scored 215 Championship runs at an average of 43 this season

Lancs captain Dane Vilas told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"Everybody put their hands up. We started off well with the ball when Matt Parkinson and Glenn Maxwell got us off to a great start.

"They were dangerous. It was incredible to see. That's the sort of cricket we want to play. I hope they can continue it during the rest of the season.

"Then to have that opening stand in our innings and go past them with no wickets down, we got close to 500 runs, which we've not touched this season.

"I'm happy that we could finish it off after tea on the third day. It was the perfect result for us. It gives us an extra day to prepare for the start of the T20."

Sussex centurion Delray Rawlins:

"After facing two balls and not getting any in the first innings it was nice to cash in and get the monkey off my back by getting my first 100.

"It's a shame about the result because nobody likes losing but it's a nice personal milestone for me. Hopefully in the next few weeks we can turn it around as a team.

"David Wiese played some incredible shots out there and he nearly caught me up at one point. It's nice to see him back in the runs again.

"We've struggled a bit in Championship cricket so it's nice that T20 is round the corner. We have new faces coming in and hopefully we can go one better than we did last year."

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