Adams has positive vibes

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Chris Adams

Chris Adams batted with five stitches in his little finger

Sussex skipper Chris Adams was delighted with his side’s position at the close of the first day of their must-win LV County Championship match against Worcestershire.

The defending champions reached stumps on 287 for four after opting to bat at Hove and Adams insisted his men were determined to make the most of their final game without getting too caught up with events between leaders Lancashire and Surrey at the Brit Oval.

Second-placed Sussex must win to have a chance of overhauling Lancashire, and Adams said: “We have had a good day. Whatever happens at the Oval is out of our hands.

“We've got to concentrate solely on what we do at Hove. We are aiming to get as many runs as we can and then bowling well.

“It was a good toss for us to win. It was a difficult last hour on a slow pitch facing a soft ball, but we got through and are in a good position.”

Adams finished the day unbeaten on 32, having gone into the match nursing a cut little finger on the right hand which required five stitches.

He admitted: “It's painful for me in all sorts of ways, but sometimes that concentrates the mind into what you're supposed to be doing which is just watching the ball.”

Adams, who struck just one bounday in more than two hours at the crease, added: “I knew I probably couldn't play the type of innings which people are used to seeing me play.

“It was a case of me digging in. If it looked a bit slower and a bit ugly, so be it.”

Adams' one disappointment was that opening batsman Chris Nash could not turn his seventh half-century of the season into a maiden championship hundred.

Nash fell to Kabir Ali for 89 but Adams is predicting a rosy future for the 24-year-old who has risen through the youth ranks.

He enthused: “It would have been a perfect day had Chris got his hundred but he is progressing well as a cricketer and he showed everybody what he is capable of.”