Moores the merrier for Anderson input
James Anderson made it a happy return to Hove for Lancashire head coach Peter Moores as his ninth county five-for put Sussex on the back foot.
The England seamer snared three more victims on the second day to finish with 6-56 in what is likely to be his only LV= County Championship Division One appearance of the season ahead of a packed international summer culminating in the Ashes.
Anderson's heroics helped to limit the hosts to 289 all out this morning after they had resumed day two on 247 for five.
And although Moores' side stuttered to two for two in reply, a century partnership between Mark Chilton and Steven Croft, who made 72 not out and 59 not out respectively, steadied the ship to put Lancashire firmly in control on 209 for four by the close.
Anderson took 3-9 in eight overs in favourable conditions in the morning session as Sussex lost their last five wickets for 42, including Ed Joyce, who was bowled off an inside edge by Anderson after adding just one to his overnight 89.
Robin Martin-Jenkins (67) was floored by Anderson's yorker and Sussex's tail did not offer too much resistance, with Glen Chapple finishing with 4-69 on a ground where he took seven wickets last season.
Lancashire's reply began poorly as Corey Collymore removed openers Peter Horton and Tom Smith in nine balls either side of lunch.
The scoreboard read 31 for three when Matt Prior took a superb diving catch to snare Francois Du Plessis in Martin-Jenkins' second over.
Ashwell Prince played fluently for his 56 before playing on in the last over before tea, but Chilton and Croft, who was dropped at second slip by Luke Wright on 22, shifted the momentum firmly Lancashire’s way with an unbroken stand of 107. They
Chilton seemed to relish his move down the order to number five and will resume tomorrow having struck 11 fours. Croft offered pugnacious support, driving the ball impressively in his innings, which included nine boundaries.