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Six Prior scalps boost Sussex

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Sussex's clash with LV= County Champions Warwickshire remained intriguingly poised following an enthralling second day

Matt Prior equalled the Sussex record for the most dismissals in an innings as his side fought back against champions Warwickshire on day two of their LV= Championship game at the County Ground.

The England wicketkeeper-batsman dived full-length to his left to remove last man Boyd Rankin as Warwickshire were finally dismissed for 453, and became the ninth Sussex player to claim six dismissals in an innings.

It was a good day too for Chris Jordan, who removed Jonathan Trott - when he was four short of a hundred - and Tim Ambrose to finish with 4-73 and take his season's tally to 17 wickets.

Sussex had reached 129 for one at stumps, but both sides' attempts to force victory look like being thwarted by a slow pitch.

There was some assistance for the new-ball bowlers but openers Chris Nash and Luke Wells looked relatively untroubled when they began the hosts' response, adding 108 in 39 overs.

Warwickshire finally made a breakthrough when Nash, on 43, edged low to second slip and the ball deflected off the boot of Will Porterfield and into the hands of Varun Chopra at first slip.

Wells had a let-off on 65 when Jeetan Patel dropped a hard return catch, diving to his left, but the left-hander otherwise looked in good form a week after scoring a double-hundred against Surrey and was undefeated on 76 as Sussex reached stumps with no further loss - trailing by 324.

Jordan has looked the most threatening bowler in the match and was certainly hostile early on today. Trott had added nine runs to his overnight score when he edged a ball that bounced and left him and in his next over Jordan again found bounce and seam movement to undo Ambrose for a duck.

The rest of the Sussex attack looked tame in comparison on a docile surface and, although Monty Panesar belatedly picked up a wicket when Laurie Evans was bowled sweeping, Warwickshire regained control in an eighth-wicket stand of 103 between England prospect Chris Woakes and Tom Milnes.

Woakes hit eight fours and two sixes, both off an increasingly frustrated Panesar, on his way to 72 from 98 balls while Milnes gave him good support with a career-best 42 before he was yorked by James Anyon.

With only the tail left, Woakes went for quick runs and was bowled by Panesar slogging across the line before Anyon ended the innings with the wicket of Rankin - his third of the innings against his former county.

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