Wells excels in Rose Bowl draw

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Luke Wells

Luke Wells' second century of the season was the highlight of the final day as Sussex drew with hosts Hampshire at the Rose Bowl

Sussex youngster Luke Wells took the opportunity of an LV= County Championship Division One match heading nowhere to score his second century of the season as an easy-paced pitch led to an uneventful last day against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl.

Sussex predictably batted on before declaring their second innings 212 ahead at 254 for six, leaving Hampshire little time to respond.

A draw seemed inevitable even when the visitors began the day 42 behind after each side had completed their first innings over the first three days.

Ed Joyce and Chris Nash put on 32 for the first wicket before slow left-armer Danny Briggs took the first of his four wickets.

Joyce top-edged a sweep off Briggs to Friedel de Wet at square-leg, and, although Wells signalled his intentions on arrival with a straight six off Briggs, it became clear the match was petering out when Sussex went in at lunch with a lead of 66 at 108 for one.

Briggs, who got through a marathon 30 overs en route to 4-99, struck again when Nash, who had hit six fours in his 56, chopped on.

Nash and Wells had added 92 for the second wicket to make sure there were no alarms and the afternoon session brought little respite for the Hampshire bowlers.

Murray Goodwin, the Sussex captain, was third to go, bowled via the top of his pad as he curiously offered no shot to Briggs.

Five balls later de Wet had Ben Brown caught behind, but there was still no real hope for Hampshire.

Wells, who made 103 in victory over Durham last month, reached his century from 169 balls, hitting 11 fours in addition to his six.

But he failed to go on and beat his career best when he drove Sean Ervine to James Vince.

Wells and Luke Wright had put on 90 for the fifth wicket to make the game safe and, by then, most of the few spectators were already heading home.

Wright perished soon afterwards, edging Briggs to Jimmy Adams on 39 and shortly after Goodwin decided to call a halt to the innings.

Hampshire, still looking for their first championship win of the season in four attempts, finished with nine points and Sussex took seven back home along the south coast.

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